Recent Research on Vocational Rehabilitation for Persons With Severe Mental Illness

Robert E Drake, Deborah R Becker, Gary R Bond


Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2003;16(4) 

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Disparities In Vocational Services

Cultural, racial, and gender-related disparities remain an important issue. Capella[33] showed that women and racial minorities were less likely than men and European Americans to be accepted by federal-state vocational rehabilitation programs and to achieve good employment outcomes. Similarly, Olney and Kennedy[34] found racial and ethnic disparities in access to vocational services and in vocational outcomes. On the other hand, Wilson et al.[35] found that African Americans were more likely than European Americans to be accepted for vocational rehabilitation services. Because these studies of disparities included people with all disabilities, not just psychiatric disabilities, the findings need to be confirmed for the subgroup of persons with severe mental illness.


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