Personality Development and Adjustment Considerations in Vocational Rehabilitation Contexts

Deirdre O’Sullivan, Jennifer L. Hanna, David R. Strauser

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Perhaps more than any other commonly assessed attribute, personality comes closest to being understood as the essence of who we are as human beings. This chapter provides an overview of the major theoretical framework for understanding personality development and expression and provides research findings that highlight the significance of personality development across life domains, including work. It identifies the interconnectedness of personality, work, and health. One of the most challenging areas facing rehabilitation counselors today is helping individuals connect with participation outcomes related to productive functioning at home and in the community, meaningful social interactions and relationships, and healthy work. Recent research has provided strong support for not only examining and leveraging traditional areas of personality but also using emerging personality-related factors such as developmental work personality and core self-evaluation to increase rehabilitation outcomes, including career development and work.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCareer Development, Employment, and Disability in Rehabilitation
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Theory to Practice
EditorsDavid R. Strauser
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8261-5816-1
ISBN (Print)978-0-8261-5815-4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


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