ERIC Number: ED330946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-22
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Family Support in Rehabilitation--The "Soft" Way To Improve Outcomes.
Kelley, Susan D. M.; Lambert, Selden S.
This paper examines the thesis that family support is capable of influencing rehabilitation outcomes, and focuses on the functions of support in relationship to adaptation to chronic illness or disability and quality of independent living including work. The document reviews published empirical studies on family support in rehabilitation including observational and nonrandomized intervention studies, case studies and surveys, and randomized controlled trials of support interventions. Methodological problems associated with some of these studies are discussed. It is concluded that the literature on this topic supports the notion that rehabilitation outcomes such as treatment compliance, perceived psychological well-being, employment, and mortality are affected by supportive family involvement and participation. It is noted that some of the studies suffered from methodological problems that reduced the confidence attachable to their findings, and that linkages between the support-outcome relationship remain nonspecific. Evidence suggests that rehabilitation programs, interventions, and strategies aimed at improving the psychosocial side of rehabilitation can form an appropriate research and policy agenda. (BHK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 22-24, 1991). Tables contain small print which may not reproduce well.