Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling
National Rehabilitation Counseling Association
Fragmentation has been identified in the rehabilitation counseling literature as the cause of a crisis, and unification is forwarded as the cure. However, these terms are not well defined. Definitions are proposed here, providing a framework for a grounded theory study of inter- and intra-organizational communications among thirteen professional organizations via their websites. Two network models emerged from the analysis. The first described a political network that advocates for the profession. The second described a service-based network that responds to customer needs. The meaning of unification and fragmentation within these two models is explored. Authors find that the profession is more thoroughly unified in political advocacy than it is for advancing practice.
Tingey, K., Millington, M., & Schultz, J. (2009). A Grounded Theory Approach to Defining Fragmentation and Unification in the Rehabilitation Counseling Profession. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 40(3), 27-32.