Predictors of Employment Outcome of Black Persons with Disabilities

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There have been few empirical investigations of employment outcomes of Black persons who are disabled. Yet a significant percentage of working-age Blacks are disabled (14%) and an overwhelming majority of these individuals are not employed. The purpose of this study is to identify psychological and demographic factors related to employment outcome of Black Americans with disabilities. Seven variables, social support, self-esteem, health locus of control, perception of disability severity, acceptance of disability, transportation source and education were used to predict employment status. The sample consisted of 75 Black persons with disabilities. A discriminate analysis indicated that 26% of the variance in explaining employment status could be accounted for by the variables used in the present study. Transportation source was the strongest predictor followed by social support. Self-esteem and health locus of control were marginally significant.

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