Date Approved

10-11-2018

Embargo Period

10-15-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Williams, Barbara Bole

Second Advisor

Johnson, Ane Turner

Third Advisor

Schmidt, Lisa

Subject(s)

Mental illness; Unemployment

Disciplines

Social Work

Abstract

This grounded theory study provides knowledge into the enduring unemployment of individuals in recovery from serious mental illness (SMI) who additionally receive supplemental security disability benefits (SSI). A constructivist framework was used in the development and implementation of this study. Grounded theory methods for data coding and analysis consisted of initial, focused and theoretical coding. Analysis continued in the development of theoretical concepts and emergent theory. Findings emphasize the complexity and amalgamation of study participants lived experiences that sustain unemployment. Theoretical concepts presented in this study are, composite barrier, encumbering reality, the obstructing impact of ambivalence and the someday dream of inaction. Each of these concepts are discussed and developed into substantive theory explaining the enduring unemployment of individuals in recovery from SMI who receive SSI.

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