Effects of structured vocational services in ex-offender veterans with mental illness: 6-month follow-up

James P. LePage, Avery A. Lewis, Edward L. Washington, Brandi Davis, Anne Glasgow

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Abstract

Abstract-With more than 200,000 veterans incarcerated, a significant need exists for the development of technologies that help veterans with felony histories return to employment. This study evaluated the effect of three methods of vocational assistance on competitive employment over a 6 mo follow-up period: (1) basic vocational services, (2) self-study using a vocational manual designed for formerly incarcerated veterans, and (3) a group led by vocational staff using the vocational manual. We evaluated 111 veterans for time to obtain and total time of competitive employment. The group format was expected to be superior to the self-study and the self-study superior to basic services. Findings indicated that the group format was associated with quicker employment and more total employment than the basic and self-study conditions. Limitations and directions for future refinement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2013

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Ex-offenders
  • Homelessness
  • Manualized treatment
  • Mental illness
  • Prison
  • Self-help
  • Substance dependence
  • Veterans
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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