Supported Education for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness Studies from 2009 to 2021

Jacomijn Hofstra, Jorien van der Velde, Marianne Farkas, E.L. Korevaar, Svenja Buttner

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Objective: For more than a decade, an increase in psychiatric disabilities has been reported worldwide among students in postsecondary education. Supported Education (SEd) interventions support students with psychiatric disabilities to return to or remain in education. As not much is known about the effectiveness of SEd, we conducted a systematic review of the research on the effects of SEd on educational functioning, including study success and student satisfaction.

Method: The EBSCOhost Complete browser (e.g., ERIC, MEDLINE, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, SocINDEX) was used to search for peer-reviewed studies representing effectiveness data on SEd published in English or Dutch/Flemish between 2009 and 2021. The quality of the research was assessed for all studies included.

Results: A total number of seven studies were eligible. The results indicated a positive impact of SEd on the educational functioning (e.g., educational attainment, grade point average, comfort with the student role) of students with psychiatric disabilities. In addition, effects on time spent on educational activities, interpersonal skills, and sustained attention/vigilance were found. The quality of the studies appeared to be moderate.

Conclusions and implications for practice: The limited available evidence suggests the added value of SEd interventions for the educational functioning of students with psychiatric disabilities. Reviewing the effectiveness of SEd was difficult due to differences in the SEd interventions used, the generally small research populations, and differing research designs. To improve the quality of research on this subject, future studies should overcome the identified shortcomings. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved).
Originele taal-2English
TijdschriftPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 30 mrt. 2023


  • studenten
  • psychiatrische handicaps
  • systematische review


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