Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Counseling and Personnel

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Brashear

Second Advisor

Dr. Frederick Gault

Third Advisor

Dr. John Sandberg


It was the purpose of this study to investigate demographic and treatment/training, services provided variables which predict rehabilitation outcomes among clients with psychiatric disturbance. A population of 166 clients representing a "Mental Health" caseload for Fiscal Years 1977, 1978, and 1979 from the Kalamazoo, Michigan Bureau of Rehabilitation District office were studied. The population consisted of three sub-groups of psychotic, neurotic, and character disordered subjects.

A total of twenty demographic and eleven treatment/training independent variables were subjected to correlational and Step-Wise Regression methods of analyses with closure status (Status 26 and Status 28) used as the criterion.

Three major research questions were studied, from which nine null hypotheses were derived. Research questions were examined separately for psychotics, neurotics, and character disorders. Question I: Specifically which demographic variables singly or jointly predict closure status? Question II: Specifically which types of treatment/training and services provided variables singly or jointly predict closure status? Question III: Specifically which demographic and types of treatment/training variables singly or jointly predict closure status?

The study found that for psychotic subjects previous agency closure with unsuccessful rehabilitation increased the likelihood of future successful case closure. A shorter period of time between referral and acceptance of Status 10 and possession of a driver's license also increased the likelihood of favorable case closure.

For neurotic subjects, ownership of a car and being thirty-one years of age or older increased the likelihood of successful case closure.

Being younger (thirty years of age or less), possession of a driver's license, having earned some monies within the week prior to referral, other services provided by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and counseling were found to increase the likelihood of successful case closure for character disordered subjects.

It was recommended that caution be exercised in generalizing the results to Bureau of Rehabilitation clients as a whole. Similar studies should be developed which would cross-validate the findings. Methods and procedures should be expanded to include more independent variables and different criterion.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access