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A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Youth &Young Adult Employment and Education

PI: Kathryn Sabella, PhD
Investigators: Maryann Davis, PhD, Jonathan Delman, PhD, JD, MPH

This study seeks to assess what affects the direction of employment and educational activities of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. These discoveries will facilitate the development and modification of employment and education services for young people with severe mental health disabilities. We believe this study is important because youth and young adults face serious challenges to developing a meaningful employment career and existing vocational and educational support services have had a limited impact on assisting youth and young adults to develop such careers. The study will recruit 150 youth and young adults from a variety of employment, educational, and clinical services and interview them at baseline and 3 four-month intervals over a year. All interviews will be done by youth and young adults who will also contribute actively to the analysis and writing of publications and to public presentations.