Crudden, A., O'Mally, J., & Antonelli, K. (2016). Transportation self-efficacy and social problem-solving of persons who are blind or visually impaired. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 15(1), 52-62.
This study assessed social problem-solving skills and transportation self-efficacy in 48 vocational rehabilitation consumers who were blind or visually impaired and were judged by their counselors to need assistance securing transportation for employment. Participants reported high-average levels of positive problem-solving styles, mid- to low-levels of negative problem-solving styles, and high levels of transportation self-efficacy, with a trend towards higher transportation self-efficacy among those who lived in urban versus rural areas.
I chose this article because, I think it is a good reminder of the fact that many people with disabilities continue to face considerable barriers to participation despite being psychologically resilient. Actively addressing those barriers is an important part of advocating for individuals with disabilities. Also, this study was published in a social work journal, so it is a study that many rehabilitation psychologists may not come across, despite its relevance.
THIS MONTH’S REHABILITATION SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT was chosen by by Emily M. Lund, PhD, CRC, an Assistant Research Professor at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University and a member of the Division 22 Science Committee.