Successful Employment Post Injury
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Successful employment and quality work life after serve disability due to SCI- A new five year grant was awarded to investigate career outcomes after SCI. Most studies report basic information about a participant’s current employment status. Few research projects focus on maintaining a job after injury, prospering in one’s career, and increasing annual earnings. The purpose of our study is to indicate factors that associate with successful employment. Our findings will help direct future research and influence policy changes. The study design has two components: qualitative and quantitative. For the qualitative component, participants will be selected from a 35 year longitudinal study. Group interviews will be administered in Minnesota and Georgia and consist of many who have lived most of their adult lives with SCI and have an extensive employment background. The group interviews will compare and contrast individuals with successful or unsuccessful employment. The results from the qualitative study will be reviewed by the community advisory panel from each state and vocational rehabilitation service delivery experts. Their input will help construct the quantitative component of this study. The quantitative component will collect data from mailed in surveys filled by participants of the 35 year longitudinal study. Inclusion criteria are those with 30 or more years of experience with SCI and are at the end of their career. Two population-based cohorts from South Carolina and Minnesota will be added to the study. Approximately, 2500 adults with SCI ages 65 and older will be included in the study. Personal and environment variables will be used to indicate factors associated with employment participant. The grant will be funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and start October 1, 2012.