Effects of postsecondary education on employment outcomes and earnings of young adults with traumatic brain injuries

Fong Chan, Phillip Rumrill, Paul Wehman, Kanako Iwanaga, Jia Rung Wu, Stuart Rumrill, Xiangli Chen, Beatrice Lee

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Gainful employment has many psychological, social, and financial benefits. Helping young adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who have academic potential to attend college will increase their chances of finding a good job with benefits that can pave the way for a great career and a middle-class life. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of college and university training on employment outcomes and earnings of young adults with TBI. METHODS: We conducted a non-experimental causal comparative study using propensity score matching to create a treatment (n = 278) and a comparison group (n = 278) using the RSA-911 data. RESULTS: Results demonstrated that young adults with TBI who received college or university training have better employment and earning outcomes than young adults without college or university training. CONCLUSIONS: Implications for state vocational rehabilitation counsellors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

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