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Improving job tenure outcomes for people with disabilities: the 3M model

by Richard T. Roessler

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The need for job retention services in rehabilitation is clearly indicated in statistics on unemployment and job loss rates for people with disabilities. In this article, information is provided on a three-part job retention model (the 3M model) containing the constructs of match, maturity, and mastery. The thesis of the article is that individuals with disabilities are more likely to retain employment when rehabilitation counselors provide retention services compatible with the 3Ms. Counselors can help people with disabilities (a) establish the prerequisite job-person match, (b) meet career maturity challenges, and (c) demonstrate mastery of novel workplace problems.

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