COVID-19 and marginalized workers: Issues for vocational rehabilitation

David R. Strauser, Chelsea E. Greco, Deirdre O'Sullivan

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The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly influenced all aspects of daily life. Especially hard hit during the pandemic are typically marginalized individuals, including individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation counselors are uniquely positioned to support these individuals both during and after the pandemic. The Illinois Work and Well-Being Model can be utilized by researchers and counselors supporting marginalized individuals as an effective theoretical framework to address anticipated COVID-19-related challenges. In this article we also provide insights into three potential issues that may be more likely to occur as a result of the pandemic. These issues are a delay in career development, an extended absence from work, and experiences of both primary and secondary trauma. We conclude by providing future directions for research that could impact the lives of individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Covid-19
  • Employment
  • Illinois work and well-being model
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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