ERIC Number: ED246331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Rehabilitation in the V.A.: An Outcome Study.
Bodden, Jack L.; And Others
To evaluate the vocational rehabilitation program at the Olin E. Teague Veteran's Administration Center, Texas, in relation to client outcomes (i.e., employment status, prediction of outcomes, and services crucial to a positive outcome), 202 former clients were sent follow-up questionnaires. Measured variables included demographic information, referral information, level of services used, amount or number of services used, and outcomes. An analysis of the results (response rate of 66%) showed that approximately 40% of the clients were employed, 22.7 % were unemployed, 17.3 % were actively searching, were in training or doing volunteer work, and 19.3 % were patients. The data suggested that young male referrals from outpatient psychiatry have the best chance for a positive outcome. Quick movement from initial intake to the final level of services, with few intermediate steps, is the most beneficial for employment. The most productive services are those involving placement activity. Traditional services such as counseling and testing seem to be of little value, although this finding may be confounded by patient disability level, in that patients needing the most counseling and pre-placement services also carry a poorer vocational prognosis. Further research is needed to clarify the effectiveness of counseling in rehabilitation services. Numerous tables present the findings. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas; Veterans Administration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, April 19-21, 1984).