An evaluation of 'work' for people with a severe persistent mental illness

Pryce, Josephine (2013) An evaluation of 'work' for people with a severe persistent mental illness. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 25 (4). pp. 239-255.

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The idea of employment for people with a severe persistent mental illness (SPMI) has great merit and much research has been conducted which identifies the value of such initiatives. However, it seems that the success stories remain limited. This paper draws on the literature and research findings therein to suggest that the issue of employing someone with a SPMI is complex and that the reality of being able to achieve long-term satisfactory outcomes for all parties involved in employment relationships needs careful consideration. It contends that the idea of people with SPMI gaining meaningful work is important but that in doing so, there is a need to review the meaning of 'work' to one which incorporates a broader view of 'occupation' and inclusion of 'daily activities' as work. In addition, this paper emphasises the necessity to take an integrated approach which considers the needs and capabilities of the individual with SPMI and so, keep everyone well and safe, and improve individual's quality of life. In light of this, this paper presents a diagram that articulates the various domains which need to be considered if someone with a SPMI is to engage with meaningful and sustained 'work'.

Item ID: 30691
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3378
Keywords: severe mental illness, employment, daily occupational activities, quality of life
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 01:28
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 10%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 20%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 60%
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