Sharon A. Gutman, Robin Kerner, Irene Zombek, Jennifer Dulek, C. Andrew Ramsey; Supported Education for Adults With Psychiatric Disabilities: Effectiveness of an Occupational Therapy Program. Am J Occup Ther 2009;63(3):245–254. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.63.3.245
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OBJECTIVE. This study assessed the effectiveness of a supported education program for adults with psychiatric disabilities.
METHOD. Thirty-eight adults with psychiatric disabilities were randomly assigned to an experimental group (n = 21) that received supported education services or to a control group (n = 17) that received treatment as usual.
RESULTS. We found a statistically significant difference between experimental and control group participant scores on the five instruments used to measure the program's effectiveness. Sixteen of the 21 experimental group participants (76%) completed the program. At 6-month follow-up, 10 (63%) had enrolled in an educational program, had obtained employment, or were applying to a specific program. Only 1 of the control group participants was enrolled in an educational program.
CONCLUSION. The results support the effectiveness of the supported education program. A significant number of participants were able to improve their basic academic skills, enhance professional behaviors and social skills, and return to the school or work environment.
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