Date of Award

8-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Christian Vaccaro, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kay Snyder, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alex Heckert, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study assessed the types of disabled veterans most likely to drop out of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program. The research examined veterans who were enrolled in the program between January 2004 and November 2005 using the 2007 Veterans Employability Research Survey (VERS). Logistic Regression was used to examine dropout rates. Analyzed variables included previous occupation types, health, self-efficacy, marital status, number of children, gender and race. The analysis illustrates that the characteristics of program dropouts vary at different stages. Groups most likely to drop out of the program include black and male veterans. Blue collar and other non-white collar workers are more likely to drop out than white collar workers. Veterans with better self-reported health and higher levels of self-efficacy were more likely to finish. Married veterans had lower dropout rates than those who are separated/divorced or widowed. As the number of children increased completion rates decreased.

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