Counsellors’ focus on competitive employment for people with severe mental illness: An application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour in vocational rehabilitation programmes

J. Knaeps, I. Neyens, J. van Weeghel, Ch. Van Audenhove

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Abstract

Although the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support programme highlights the importance of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) counsellors' focus on competitive employment during career counselling, studies have shown that counsellors do not always target such jobs. This study examines which determinants affect the counsellors' intentions using an extended version of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Cross-sectional data of 263 VR counsellors of three public employment services were analysed using structural equation modelling. A path model comprising attitudes, prior behaviour, and subjective and moral norms explained 69% of the variance in intentions. The findings indicate that counsellors focus more on competitive employment when they (1) view the placement in a competitive job as positive, (2) experience support and (3) have prior relevant experiences.
Keywords: Theory of Planned Behaviour, vocational rehabilitation, severe mental illness, counsellors, structural equation modelling
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-71
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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