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A Supported Education Program for Young Adults With Long-Term Mental Illness
Karen V. Unger; William A. Anthony; Kenneth Sciarappa; E. Sally Rogers
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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This work was supported by grant G0087C0223-88 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The authors acknowledge the efforts of Karen Danley, Larry Kohn, Dori Hutchison, and Ann Sullivan, who were instrumental in the success of the Continuing Education Program.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the Sargent College of Allied Health Professions at Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Fifty-two young adults with severe psychiatric disabilities were selected to participate in a university-based supported education program aimed at helping them develop the skills to choose and implement a career plan. Thirty-five of the subjects completed the four-semester program. After the intervention, 42 percent of the students were competitively employed or enrolled in an educational program, compared with 19 percent before the intervention. The number of hospitalizations experienced by the subjects in the first year of the program decreased significantly, and the subjects' self-esteem increased significantly. The results indicate that rehabilitation services on a university campus may be a viable adjunct to more traditional rehabilitation services for persons with psychiatric disabilities.

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