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Volume 49 Number 1, 2012
   Pages 101 — 120

Abstract — Vocational services research: Recommendations for next stage of work

Charles E. Drebing, PhD;1* Morris Bell, PhD;2 E. Anthony Campinell, PhD;3 Robert Fraser, PhD;4 James Malec, PhD;5 Walter Penk, PhD;6 Laura Pruitt-Stephens, MEd7
1Psychology Service, Bedford Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, MA; 2Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, West Haven, CT; 3Veterans Health Administration, Office of Mental Health Services, Lowell, MA; 4Department of Neurology, Neurological Surgery, and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; 5Indiana University School of Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN; 6College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan, TX; 7Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Abstract — As the field of vocational services (VS) research matures, it is necessary to review its progress and identify any important gaps in measurement and methodology that may hamper future efforts. To encourage progress, we have identified (1) ways to increase consistency in measuring employment outcomes, (2) emerging patterns and lingering gaps in the range of variables and measures commonly used in VS research, (3) broader methodological patterns and needs in the area of study design and sampling, (4) interventions that warrant additional study, and (5) broad strategies to increase the overall amount and quality of VS research. The goal of this article is to assist the field in achieving clearer coherence in shared expectations and standards for research so that the field can consolidate its gains as it helps people successfully return to rewarding jobs in the community.

Key words: design, employment, measurement, methodology, outcomes, rehabilitation, research, vocational rehabilitation, vocational services, work.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Drebing CE, Bell M, Campinell EA, Fraser R, Malec J, Penk W, Pruitt-Stephens L. Vocational services research: Recommendations for next stage of work. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(1):101–20.

Drebing CE, Mueller L, Van Ormer EA, Rose GS, Crowder S, Rosenheck R, Drake R, King K, Penk W. Outcome of single-session motivational interviewing to enhance entry and employment in VHA Vocational Services. Psychol Serv. Forthcoming.

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