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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/abs/10.1080/1536710X.2017.1300081?jo...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The authors studied the impact of an intervention on self-determination and career planning with young adults with mental health challenges.
Study sample:  Sixty-seven young adults, 20 to 30 years old, with mental health diagnoses, such as depression or bipolar disorder, were randomly assigned into intervention or control groups.
Findings:  The intervention group had significantly greater increases than the control group for self-determination and career planning engagement. Self-determination was shown to at least partially mediate increases in career planning engagement.
Conclusions:  The authors conclude that young adults with mental health challenges might be able to achieve better career outcomes with career planning and self-determination interventions.

Disabilities served:  Bi-polar
Depression
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Other