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Title: The impact of employment on mental health : the experiences of people with psychosis who work
Author: Cohen, Annis
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 9064
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2006
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Introduction: People with psychosis have lower rates of employment than even those with other mental health problems. Quantitative studies seeking to measure the impact of work on clinical outcomes for this group are inconclusive. Qualitative, exploratory studies and first-person accounts suggest that working improves quality of life and contributes to social recovery. Debate exists about the extent to which clinical mental health improvement is separate from these factors, and some service users view these factors as more important than changes in symptoms. The current study aims to explore the impact of work on the mental health of people with psychosis, using participants' own understanding of the term. Method: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with nine participants( six men and three women) recruited from tertiary mental health services and the general population. The interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith et al, 1999). Results: The main themes to emerge from the study were: relationship with mental health; connecting with others and the world; self-worth and identity, and financial benefits. Discussion: The analysis is discussed with reference to existing models and findings on employment and mental health, recovery, and psychosis. The study was critically reviewed, and limitations and suggestions for future research identified. Clinical implications for psychology are considered on both an individual and a community level.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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