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Can employment positively affect the recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: This study explored the relationship between employment and recovery

    in individuals with psychiatric disabilities and proposed that participants who

    were employed would have higher levels of recovery than participants who were

    not employed. Methods: Data were analysed from a pre-existing data-set produced

    in a large scale NHMRC project conducted as part of the Australian

    Integrated Mental Health Initiative (AIMhi), High Support Stream. Participants

    were 344 people with a range of psychiatric illnesses who received support from

    11 public sector and non-government mental health organizations in Queensland

    and New South Wales, Australia. Scores on the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS)

    were compared between those participants who were engaged in paid employment

    and those who were not. Results: The results revealed that there was no difference

    in total recovery scores between those who worked and those who did

    not work. This finding indicated that higher recovery scores were not associated

    with participants who were employed. Also contrary to expectations, the results

    showed that workers scored lower than non-workers on the RAS factor described

    as "reliance on others" and there was a trend towards significance in the same

    direction on the factor "willingness to ask for help." Conclusions and Implications

    for Practice: Further research needs to be conducted to determine if the differences

    between workers and non-workers on the above factors represent a personal

    variable such as independence or self-determination that is associated with

    individuals with psychiatric disabilities that are engaged in employment.

    Rehabilitation interventions aimed at increasing levels of employment in people

    with psychiatric disabilities could improve recovery and employment outcomes

    through focusing on these personal variables.

UOW Authors


  •   King, Robert (external author)
  •   Connell, Melissa (external author)
  •   Crowe, Trevor P. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Connell, M., King, R. & Crowe, T. (2011). Can employment positively affect the recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities?. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35 (1), 59-63.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79960753491

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1998

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 59

End Page


  • 63

Volume


  • 35

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Objective: This study explored the relationship between employment and recovery

    in individuals with psychiatric disabilities and proposed that participants who

    were employed would have higher levels of recovery than participants who were

    not employed. Methods: Data were analysed from a pre-existing data-set produced

    in a large scale NHMRC project conducted as part of the Australian

    Integrated Mental Health Initiative (AIMhi), High Support Stream. Participants

    were 344 people with a range of psychiatric illnesses who received support from

    11 public sector and non-government mental health organizations in Queensland

    and New South Wales, Australia. Scores on the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS)

    were compared between those participants who were engaged in paid employment

    and those who were not. Results: The results revealed that there was no difference

    in total recovery scores between those who worked and those who did

    not work. This finding indicated that higher recovery scores were not associated

    with participants who were employed. Also contrary to expectations, the results

    showed that workers scored lower than non-workers on the RAS factor described

    as "reliance on others" and there was a trend towards significance in the same

    direction on the factor "willingness to ask for help." Conclusions and Implications

    for Practice: Further research needs to be conducted to determine if the differences

    between workers and non-workers on the above factors represent a personal

    variable such as independence or self-determination that is associated with

    individuals with psychiatric disabilities that are engaged in employment.

    Rehabilitation interventions aimed at increasing levels of employment in people

    with psychiatric disabilities could improve recovery and employment outcomes

    through focusing on these personal variables.

UOW Authors


  •   King, Robert (external author)
  •   Connell, Melissa (external author)
  •   Crowe, Trevor P. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Connell, M., King, R. & Crowe, T. (2011). Can employment positively affect the recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities?. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35 (1), 59-63.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79960753491

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1998

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 59

End Page


  • 63

Volume


  • 35

Issue


  • 1