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Title: Supporting students with invisible disabilities: a scoping review of postsecondary education for students with mental illness or an acquired brain injury.
Epworth Authors: Mealings, Margaret
Douglas, Jacinta
Other Authors: Venville, Annie
Ennals, Priscilla
Oates, Jennifer
Fossey, Ellie
Bigby, Christine
Keywords: Acquired Brain Injury
Invisible Disability
Mental Disorders
Mental Illness
Postsecondary Education
Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Mar-2016
Publisher: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: International Journal of Disability, Development and Education Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0
Abstract: Students with invisible disabilities such as mental illness or acquired brain injury (ABI) experience multiple barriers that reduce their likelihood of postsecondary course completion. The present study conducted a systematic search of research reporting interventions for students experiencing mental illness or ABI to participate in postsecondary education. Nine databases were searched and a framework for categorising interventions and outcomes was developed. Forty-two studies revealed that most interventions were focused at the individual student level aiming to support students to build skills, grow confidence, or compensate for challenges through educational adjustments. There was wide diversity in research approaches used and a dearth of rigorous research designs. This review offers a more consistent way to define interventions and outcomes to guide future research and facilitate more meaningful comparisons between studies. The impacts of specific interventions on students’ attainment of qualifications and subsequent workforce participation need further investigation.
ISSN: 1034-912X
Journal Title: International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Living with Disability Research Centre, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Reviews/Systematic Reviews
Appears in Collections:Mental Health

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