Vocational Services and Outcomes of Psychiatric Clients from a Midwestern State

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Authors:
Bryan O. Gere, Alabama A&M University, United States of America
Carl R. Flowers, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States of America
Email: bryangere23@gmail.com
Published: August 2016
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijpbs.2.2.03

Citation: Gere, B. O., & Flowers, C. R. (2016). Vocational Services and Outcomes of Psychiatric Clients from a Midwestern State. IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijpbs.2.2.03


Abstract

This study examined services received and outcomes of clients with psychiatric disabilities of a Midwestern public rehabilitation program. More specifically, multiple regression analysis was used to determine the relationship between specific vocational services, demographic factors and service outcomes of clients with psychiatric disabilities. The specific vocational outcome of interest was weekly earnings at closure. The twelve predictor variables included in the model were (a) Age, (b) Race, (c) Education, (d) Public assistance, (e) Restoration, (f) College/University, (g) Business/Vocational, (h) Adjustment, (i) Miscellaneous, (j) Placement, (k) Transportation, and (l) Maintenance. The results of the multiple regression analysis revealed that the most parsimonious model for predicting weekly earnings of successful closures included six predictor variables: education, public assistance, placement, college/university training, business/vocational training and adjustment training.

Keywords

public vocational rehabilitation, psychiatric disabilities