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ERIC Number: ED551803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 155
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-3160-6
Predicting Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes for People with Alcohol Abuse/Dependence: An Application of Chi-Squared Automatic Interaction Detector
Brickham, Dana M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
People with alcohol abuse/dependence disabilities are often faced with a complex recovery process due to the exacerbating and chronic aspects of their condition. Vocational rehabilitation for people with alcohol abuse/dependence can help individuals access and maintain employment, and through employment can enhance physical and psychological health and well-being. This study investigated the effects of demographic characteristics and vocational rehabilitation services on employment outcomes for consumers with alcohol abuse/dependence. Outcomes were analyzed using the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) dataset for the fiscal year 2009 through the Chi-squared Automatic Interaction Detector (CHAID) analysis--a statistical method that extracts predictive information from datasets. Three exhaustive CHAID analyses were conducted to segment the large group of consumers into smaller homogeneous subgroups. The results of this study found that the VR consumers with alcohol abuse/dependence as their primary disability had significantly more unsuccessful employment outcomes if they received health benefits (i.e., Medicare and/or Medicaid). Furthermore, the receipt of cash benefits (i.e., SSI and/or SSDI) was also associated with significantly decreased positive employment outcomes. Vocational rehabilitation counseling, job placement services, and on-the-job supports were associated with successful employment outcomes for consumers with alcohol abuse/dependence. A further understanding of the most effective service delivery patterns can enhance outcomes; leading to sustained, competitive, quality employment for VR consumers with alcohol abuse/dependence disabilities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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