Locus of control, awareness of deficit, and employment outcomes following vocational rehabilitation in individuals with a traumatic brain injury

dc.contributor.authorStroup, Elizabeth Suzanne
dc.contributor.supervisorMateer, Catherine A.
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-06T20:27:29Z
dc.date.available2017-12-06T20:27:29Z
dc.date.copyright1999en_US
dc.date.issued2017-12-06
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy Ph.D.en_US
dc.description.abstractEmployment outcomes in persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are far from ideal and have serious implications for quality of life and financial well-being post-injury. Numerous potential correlates of return to work, including locus of control and awareness of deficit, have been examined in past studies with mixed findings. The current study investigated these issues in a relatively ignored segment of the TBI population—those who receive services through state-funded vocational rehabilitation programs. Thirty State of Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) clients with TBI completed comprehensive interviews, the Patient Competency Rating Scale (PCRS), the Internal Control Index (ICI), and several neuropsychological test measures. Overall time spent working decreased from 75% pre-injury to 39% post-injury. Participants with poor vocational outcomes underestimated their level of impairment on the PCRS relative to informant ratings, and generally fared worse post-injury than participants with more accurate awareness of their limitations. Locus of control and cognitive function measures did not predict vocational outcome. Given the need for DVR clients to be aware of their deficits in order to set realistic goals, vocational counselors should address awareness of deficit early in the rehabilitation process to optimize employment outcomes and allocation of resources.en_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/8840
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectBrainen_US
dc.subjectWounds and injuriesen_US
dc.titleLocus of control, awareness of deficit, and employment outcomes following vocational rehabilitation in individuals with a traumatic brain injuryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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