Journal article

Moving clients forward: a grounded theory of disability employment specialists' views and practices

Caitlin McDowell, Ellie Fossey, Carol Harvey

DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study sought to better understand the views and practices of disability employment specialists working with clients with mental illness. Specifically, it explored what helps and hinders employment specialists in their work. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A constructivist grounded theory methodology was used. Semi-structured interviews with 16 disability employment specialists from four employment service providers in Victoria, Australia, were transcribed and analysed through initial coding, focused coding, and constant comparative methods. RESULTS: Analysis led to the substantive grounded theory of "moving clients forward." The key themes included "taking a firm but fair approach," "me..

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