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A Peer E-mentoring Intervention to Improve Employment

This study is currently recruiting participants.
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Verified July 2016 by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Ability Online
University of Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02522507
First received: August 7, 2015
Last updated: January 30, 2017
Last verified: July 2016
  Purpose
Despite the strong business case of hiring people with disabilities, a significant proportion of youth with disabilities leave high school and neither work nor continue their education and are unprepared to meet the demands of a work environment. Although youth with disabilities have much to gain from employment readiness programs, they are often excluded from, or have limited access to school and community vocational programs. One encouraging approach to address gaps in vocational programming is through peer mentoring, which may facilitate a smoother transition to adulthood by offering support to enhance coping skills. Despite the increase in online communities, little is known about their impact on vocational mentoring for youth with physical disabilities and their parents. The purpose of this study is to develop, implement and assess the feasibility of an online peer mentor employment readiness intervention for youth with physical disabilities and their parents to improve their self-efficacy, career maturity and social support.

Condition Intervention
Cerebral Palsy Spina Bifida Juvenile Arthritis Spinal Cord Injury Muscular Dystrophy Physical Disability Behavioral: Empowering youth towards employment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Outcomes Assessor
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Peer E-mentoring Intervention to Improve Transition to Employment for Youth With Physical Disabilities

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Further study details as provided by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in career maturity inventory--attitude scale (CMI-AS) [ Time Frame: baseline (1-week pre-study arm 1), 12 weeks (post-study arm 1) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in family empowerment scale [ Time Frame: baseline (1-week pre-study arm 1), 12 weeks (post-study arm 1) ]
  • Change in multi-dimensional scale of perceived social support [ Time Frame: baseline (1-week pre-study arm 1), 12 weeks (post-study arm 1) ]
  • Change in Arc's self-determination scale [ Time Frame: baseline (1-week pre-study arm 1), 12 weeks (post-study arm 1) ]

Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: January 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Empowering youth towards employment
This is a behavioural e-mentor intervention. Trained mentors will facilitate employment readiness learning and engage youth in discussions over a 12-week period. Each week the mentors will introduce a new employment topic and will engage youth in a discussion and answer questions.
Behavioral: Empowering youth towards employment
Experimental: Empowering youth towards employment This is a behavioural e-mentor intervention. Trained mentors will facilitate employment readiness learning and engage youth in discussions over a 12-week period. Each week the mentors will introduce a new employment topic and will engage youth in a discussion and answer questions.
No Intervention: Control group
The control group will have access to the employment activities during the 12-week employment readiness learning but will not have access to a mentor.

Detailed Description:

Our primary OBJECTIVE is: (1) to develop, implement and assess the feasibility of an online peer mentor employment readiness intervention for youth with physical disabilities and their parents to improve their self-efficacy, career maturity and social support.

A mixed methods feasibility randomized controlled trial design will be conducted to develop and assess the usability of "Empowering youth towards Employment" intervention. Youth (aged 15-25) with physical disabilities and their parents will be randomly assigned to a control or experimental group (12-week, interactive intervention, moderated by peer mentors). A qualitative thematic analysis will be conducted to analyze the content of discussion forums. Interviews with youth, parents and mentors will also be conducted about their experiences in the intervention.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 25 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria for youth participants:

  • Able to read/write in English;
  • A diagnosed physical disability (i.e., cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury etc.); (4) currently enrolled in or have completed a high school diploma in the applied / academic stream (to screen for cognitive impairment);
  • Aged 15-25;
  • Have access to a computer and internet;
  • Have no paid work experience.

Inclusion criteria for Parents:

  • Are the parent of a youth meeting above inclusion criteria
  • Can read/write in English
  • Have access to a computer with Internet

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Recently completed or currently participating in another employment readiness or peer support intervention.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02522507

Contacts
Contact: Sally Lindsay, PhD 416 425 6220 ext 3654 slindsay@hollandbloorview.ca

Locations
Canada, Ontario
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4G 1R8
Contact: Sally Lindsay, PhD    416 425 6220 ext 3654    slindsay@hollandbloorview.ca   
Sub-Investigator: Jennifer Stinson, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Joanne Leck, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Mary Stergiou-Kita, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Ability Online
University of Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  More Information

Responsible Party: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02522507     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: REB 15-590
Study First Received: August 7, 2015
Last Updated: January 30, 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Injuries
Cerebral Palsy
Muscular Dystrophies
Spinal Dysraphism
Arthritis, Juvenile
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Neural Tube Defects
Nervous System Malformations
Congenital Abnormalities
Arthritis
Joint Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 25, 2017