ERIC Number: ED046007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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A Scale of Rehabilitation Gain for Clients of an Expanded Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Wisconsin Studies in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Reagles, Kenneth W.; And Others
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the feasibility of conceptualizing rehabilitation gain as a single scalable variable. Twenty-seven items from the Wood County Project Test Battery which reflected rehabilitation gain were incorporated into a scale. Items sampled weekly earning, dependency on public assistance, work status, amount of time spent working, client perceptions of physical and mental health as well as extra-vocational aspects of gain. The sample was composed of 310 medically and culturally handicapped clients from an experimental and control rehabilitation agency. Results of statistical analysis indicate that it is feasible to construct a rehabilitation gain scale as an index of the impact of rehabilitation services on clients and the scale is considered to have high potential as a research tool to assess the concomitants of rehabilitation gain. Additional findings revealed that several client variables, process variables of case service expenditures, and counselor contacts and amount of time spent for the client were also related to gain. The most important finding was that traditional rehabilitation services conventionally extended to medically-handicapped persons resulted in even significantly higher gain for the culturally disadvantaged. (RSM/Author)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Measurement Instruments, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Programs, Social Workers, Vocational Rehabilitation
The University of Wisconsin Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst., Madison, Wis.
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst.