Predicting vocational rehabilitation outcome among clients with a psychiatric disability.

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Title:
Predicting vocational rehabilitation outcome among clients with a psychiatric disability.
Author:
Titone, John Christopher.
Issue Date:
1988
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Individuals with a psychiatric disability have had the poorest vocational outcomes of all the disabled populations when comparing rehabilitation success rates. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between selected background, social, and service variables and vocational rehabilitation outcome in order to identify potential indicators of success or failure. Data was gathered from records in the Tucson, Arizona offices of the state-federal vocational rehabilitation program. The sample included 210 White and Hispanic subjects with a psychiatric disability. Their records had been closed in the years 1983 through 1987. The independent variables were the background variables of Age, Age of Onset, Ethnicity, and Educational Level, the social variables of Living Situation, Ability To Get Along With Others, and Employment History, and the service variables of Training and Support. The dependent variable was Employment Status as determined by the vocational rehabilitation program: Successful subjects, coded a Status 26, were closed having been employed at least 60 days; unsuccessful subjects, coded a Status 08, 28, or 30, left the program unemployed. The study followed a correlational design using a regression approach. Logistic Regression Analysis with forward selection was the strategy employed to identify the best predictive model. A chi-square test of independence was used to further study variables that showed some predictive potential. An effort was made to control for the presence of one or more additional disabilities. The results indicated that the variables most highly related to Employment Outcome, in the order of their importance, were Training, Employment History, and Ability To Get Along With Others. Ability To Get Along With Others disappeared as a key indicator when the sample was divided into single and multiple disability groups. However, the findings suggest that Ability To Get Along With Others and Support Services may contribute to the effect of the two more powerful variables. It is also cautiously suggested that Training that is job-related and skill-building in nature may be more useful than formal education for this population.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Mentally ill -- Employment -- Arizona -- Tucson.; Mentally ill -- Rehabilitation -- Arizona -- Tucson.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Special Education and Rehabilitation; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Sales, Amos

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titlePredicting vocational rehabilitation outcome among clients with a psychiatric disability.en_US
dc.creatorTitone, John Christopher.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTitone, John Christopher.en_US
dc.date.issued1988en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIndividuals with a psychiatric disability have had the poorest vocational outcomes of all the disabled populations when comparing rehabilitation success rates. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between selected background, social, and service variables and vocational rehabilitation outcome in order to identify potential indicators of success or failure. Data was gathered from records in the Tucson, Arizona offices of the state-federal vocational rehabilitation program. The sample included 210 White and Hispanic subjects with a psychiatric disability. Their records had been closed in the years 1983 through 1987. The independent variables were the background variables of Age, Age of Onset, Ethnicity, and Educational Level, the social variables of Living Situation, Ability To Get Along With Others, and Employment History, and the service variables of Training and Support. The dependent variable was Employment Status as determined by the vocational rehabilitation program: Successful subjects, coded a Status 26, were closed having been employed at least 60 days; unsuccessful subjects, coded a Status 08, 28, or 30, left the program unemployed. The study followed a correlational design using a regression approach. Logistic Regression Analysis with forward selection was the strategy employed to identify the best predictive model. A chi-square test of independence was used to further study variables that showed some predictive potential. An effort was made to control for the presence of one or more additional disabilities. The results indicated that the variables most highly related to Employment Outcome, in the order of their importance, were Training, Employment History, and Ability To Get Along With Others. Ability To Get Along With Others disappeared as a key indicator when the sample was divided into single and multiple disability groups. However, the findings suggest that Ability To Get Along With Others and Support Services may contribute to the effect of the two more powerful variables. It is also cautiously suggested that Training that is job-related and skill-building in nature may be more useful than formal education for this population.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectMentally ill -- Employment -- Arizona -- Tucson.en_US
dc.subjectMentally ill -- Rehabilitation -- Arizona -- Tucson.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpecial Education and Rehabilitationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSales, Amosen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberOrganist, Jimen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJohnson, Boben_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBeutler, Larryen_US
dc.identifier.proquest8814281en_US
dc.identifier.oclc701247316en_US
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