Date of Graduation

12-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education (PhD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Roy C. Farley

Committee Member

Daniel B. Kissinger

Second Committee Member

Michael T. Miller

Third Committee Member

Brent T. Williams

Keywords

Psychology; Education; Career conseling; Rehabilitation counsel; Vocational couseling; Vocational identity; Vocational rehabilitation; Vocational self-efficacy

Abstract

This study examines the effects of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) on the vocational identity, self-efficacy, and vocational satisfaction of persons with disabilities receiving SSI/SSDI. This study was carefully planned to help persons with disabilities obtain employment. A review of the relevant literature was used to determine the need for the study and to support the study. Forty participants, all were enrolled into a vocational rehabilitation program were selected for the study. Threats to internal and external validity were taken into consideration and controlled for. They received CBT as a treatment intervention to change their beliefs and irrational thoughts about the world of work. Measures of vocational identity, self-efficacy, and vocational satisfaction were taken at the start of the study to provide baseline data. The participants received eight weeks of treatment before measurements of vocational identity, self-efficacy, and vocational satisfaction were taken a second time to measure the effect of the CBT intervention. Means from pre-treatment, post-treatment and follow-up were analyzed for differences.