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Citation:  Sowers, J. A., & Swank, P. (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.
Title:  Enhancing the career planning self-determination of young adults with mental health challenges
Authors:  Sowers, J. A., & Swank, P.
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Taylor & Francis
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/1536710X.2017.1300081
Full text:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1536710X.2017.1300081   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  This article explores the impact of one particular intervention on the self-determination and career planning of young adults with mental health issues.
Study sample:  The study sample included sixty-seven participants, ages 20-30 years old, with mental health diagnoses such as depression or bipolar disorder.
Intervention:  Participants were randomly assigned to control and intervention groups.
Findings:  Intervention groups showed statistically significant greater self-determination and career planning. Self-determination at least partially helped increase career planning engagements.
Conclusions:  The authors concluded that with self-determination and career planning interventions, young adults with mental illness might be able to better their career and life outcomes.

Disabilities served:  Bi-polar
Depression
Interventions:  Career counseling