Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 40, issue 3
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Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation will provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information about the major areas that constitute vocational rehabilitation.
Periodically, there will be topics that are directed either to specific themes such as long-term care or different disability groups such as those with psychiatric impairment. Often a guest editor who is an expert in the given area will provide leadership on a specific topic issue. However, all articles received directly or submitted for a special issue are welcome for peer review. The emphasis will be on publishing rehabilitation articles that have immediate application for helping rehabilitation counselors, psychologists and other professionals in providing direct services to people with disabilities.
Original research articles, review articles, program descriptions, and case studies will be considered for publication. Ideas for special topical issues are welcomed as well.
Abstract: More often than not, the major secondary and post-school concerns for youth and young adults with disabilities relate to literacy challenges. These challenges include reading, writing, strategic learning, and self-regulatory behaviors. Even challenging behaviors and school drop-out concerns frequently connect to literacy. We believe that there exists interdependence between confidence in ones' literacy skills (self-efficacy) and performance (literacy achievement and motivation to be in school). This article describes an adolescent literacy and academic behavior self-efficacy survey and the validation of this survey as a reliable literacy efficacy assessment. The article describes practitioner uses of the Adolescent Literacy and Academic Behavior…Self-Efficacy Survey (ALAB) as an evaluation tool; ideas for building literacy self-efficacy are also offered and have been aligned with evidence-based practices. In addition, recommendations for future research connecting self-efficacy to desired transition outcomes are addressed.