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Citation:  Dutta, A., Chan, F., Kundu, M., Kaya, C., Brooks, J., Sanchez, J., & Tansey, T. (2016). Assessing vocational rehabilitation engagement of people with disabilities: A factor-analytic approach. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 11.
Title:  Assessing vocational rehabilitation engagement of people with disabilities: A factor-analytic approach
Authors:  Dutta, A., Chan, F., Kundu, M., Kaya, C., Brooks, J., Sanchez, J., & Tansey, T.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Publisher:  Hammill Institute on Disabilities
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355215626698
Full text:  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0034355215626698   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to validate the Vocational Rehabilitation Engagement Scale (VRES) in a sample of state vocational rehabilitation (VR) service consumers.
Study sample:  A total of 277 individuals with disabilities were recruited from Alaska, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Intervention:  The measurement structure of the VRES was evaluated using exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis.
Findings:  Exploratory factor analysis results support a one-factor measurement structure of the VRES. Confirmatory factor analysis results also indicated a good model fit for the one factor measurement model. Internal consistency reliability (Cronbach’s ?) for the scores on the VRES was computed to be .94. VR engagement was found to be associated with working alliance, vocational self-efficacy, internal motivation, and VR outcome expectancy in the expected direction.
Conclusions:  The VRES is a brief, reliable, and valid instrument for assessing VR engagement and contributes to the use of self-determination as a paradigm for improving motivation and engagement of people with disabilities receiving services from state VR agencies.

Populations served:  Other
Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Other