This activity is supported by a grant funded by both the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5030). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation
Young adults -- Mental health, Young adults -- Career devlopment, Manic depressive illness, Mental depression, Autonomy (Psychology)
The impact of an intervention on the self-determination and career planning engagement of young adults with mental health challenges was studied. Sixty-seven young adults, 20 to 30 years of age, with mental health diagnoses (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder) were randomly assigned to intervention and control groups. Statistically significant greater increases were made by the intervention group versus the control group for self-determination and career planning engagement, and self-determination at least partially mediated increases in career planning engagement. With career planning self-determination interventions, young adults with mental health challenges might be able to achieve better career and life outcomes than is typical for this population.
Published as: Jo-Ann Sowers & Paul Swank (2017). Enhancing the Career Planning Self-Determination of Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges, Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 16:2, 161-179.