Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Williams, Barbara Bole
Committee Member 1
Johnson, Ane Turner
Committee Member 2
Employment, Grounded Theory, Mental Illness, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Unemployment
Mental illness; Unemployment
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.
Bates, Francine M., "Mental illness, recovery, and employment: A grounded theory" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2612.