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Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Zlatka Russinova, Boston University
  • E. Sally Rogers, Boston University
  • Marsha Langer Ellison, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Philippe Bloch, Boston University
  • Asya Lyass, Boston University
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski, Bedford VA Medical Center
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
1-30-2013
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This study explored the predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities. The study was conducted with individuals who were either past or current disability beneficiaries and who had sustained competitive employment as evidenced by their involvement in a longitudinal investigation on sustained employment among persons with serious mental illnesses. We conducted an exploratory cross-sectional study employing a survey methodology to determine what factors were associated with participants' capacity to leave the Social Security disability rolls due to gainful employment. We used a stepwise approach to data analysis to explore the association of demographic, clinical, vocational and motivational factors with financial self-sufficiency. Results suggested that individuals with higher occupational status, higher levels of proactive coping and without medical comorbidities were more likely to terminate Social Security disability benefits and achieve financial self-sufficiency due to gainful employment. Study findings can inform the development of innovative interventions targeting these malleable predictors associated with financial self-sufficiency among persons with psychiatric disabilities.
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Citation: Russinova, Z., Rogers, E.S., Ellison, M.L., Bloch, P., Lyass, A. & Wewiorski (2013). Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities.Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 38(1), 49-66. DOI 10.3233/JVR-120620. Link to article on publisher's site

Keywords
  • Social Security disability benefits,
  • psychiatric disability,
  • employment,
  • financial self-sufficiency,
  • serious mental illnesses
Citation Information
Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Marsha Langer Ellison, Philippe Bloch, et al.. "Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities" Vol. 38 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marsha_ellison/35/