ERIC Number: ED333610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Voluntary Temporary Relocation of Rural Disabled American Indians: An Investigation of Factors Contributing to Vocational Rehabilitation Outcome. Final Report. Project Number R-17.
Schacht, Robert M.; Minkler, Sam A.
This study examined the temporary voluntary relocation of rural disabled American Indians to urban areas for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services. An introductory chapter examines the pattern of migration (both nationally and in Arizona), reasons for migration, the federal policy of relocation, and the relocation of American Indians with disabilities. Information was collected on 947 cases of American Indian vocational rehabilitation clients who were served by Navajo and Arizona vocational rehabilitation programs during 1984-1987; this group included a relocation sample of 76 Native Americans. The relocation sample is compared to control groups and described in terms of such service outcomes as personal factors, agency factor, public support, economic factor, disability factor, service factor, case history, and case closure. Factors associated with favorable rehabilitation outcome included living with a small number of people, completing more than 10 years of formal education, participating in a variety of activities, and having a source of support other than public assistance. Interviews conducted with 21 of the relocated subjects found that the majority felt that their quality of life was good to very good, even though many of them were unemployed, and that their quality of life changed for the better after VR. (37 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. Native American Research and Training Center.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona