ERIC Number: ED262155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Work Status Outcomes of Blind/Severely Visually Impaired Clients of State Rehabilitation Agencies. Technical Report.
Giesen, J. Martin; And Others
This study was designed to assist vocational rehabilitation agencies serving blind and visually impaired persons to identify client characteristics and agency factors and resources associated with the following four client employment outcomes: competitive employment, sheltered workshop employment, homemaking, and non-working. For the study, 469 cases with successful outcomes and 150 cases with unsuccessful outcomes were selected from files provided by the states of Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, and Ohio. Data were analyzed by discriminate analysis. The study found that membership in wage earner status outcome groups can be predicted using vocational rehabilitation process variables, personal variables that include biographical and visual disability related factors, financial and disincentive variables, occupational history factors, and environmental factors. Training and experience characteristics of the rehabilitation counselor were not found to contribute significantly to the prediction process. The study showed that these variables can be used to predict outcomes of rehabilitation with a correct classification rate of about 69 percent, a 272 percent increase over chance. Predictor variables can be used to predict client outcomes correctly and possibly influence course of treatment. (Each variable is analyzed in relation to the four employment outcomes.) (KC)
Descriptors: Counselor Characteristics, Employment Level, Employment Potential, Homemakers, Multiple Disabilities, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Prediction, Predictor Variables, Program Effectiveness, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Programs, Retraining, Sheltered Workshops, Visual Impairments, Vocational Education, Vocational Evaluation, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.