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Citation:  Rigles, B., Ipsen, C., Arnold, N., & Seekins, T. (2011). Experiences of rural vocational rehabilitation clients who leave the system prematurely: A qualitative exploration. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 54 (3), 164-174.
Title:  Experiences of rural vocational rehabilitation clients who leave the system prematurely: A qualitative exploration
Authors:  Rigles, B., Ipsen, C., Arnold, N., & Seekins, T.
Year:  2011
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Publisher:  SAGE
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355210396948
Full text:  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0034355210396948   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  It may not be a surprise that individuals with disabilities who discontinue their vocational rehabilitation services and programs before they complete the process tend to have a more negative employment outcome than those who remain in the programs. In this particular study, the authors looked into rural VR clients and the factors that contribute to their early departure from the programs. Factors that contributed to their withdraw from the programs include: discrepancies between services provided and services desired, unmet counselor expectations, counselor—client relationship problems, health issues, limited job opportunities, work disincentives, and slow service speed. According to the authors, perhaps VR client retention could be increased if VR professionals provided their clients with knowledge of the VR process.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Rural and remote communities
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment
Part-time employment