College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Emotional, intellectual, and physiological predictors of vocational outcome of pulmonary rehabilitation patients.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-1980

Publication Title

Psychological Reports,

ISSN

0022-4545

Volume

46

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Previous researchers have independently shown that pulmonary function measures, intelligence test scores, and a recently developed MMPI-derived scale can predict post-hospital employment among rehabilitation patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This study compared the effectiveness of the three variables in predicting employment among a group of vocational rehabilitation candidates with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Only the MMPI-derived scale (COPD-VR) identified the non-working patients significantly above base rate. While this finding does not necessarily mean that personality, or attitudinal, factors are more important than physiological or intellectual variables in vocational rehabilitation success among such patients, it gives further support to the validity of the COPD-VR scale.

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