Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Rehabilitation of Persons with Long-Term Mental Illness
Mental health consumers who have sustained employment
Study purpose or goal:
To understand patterns of sustained employment and the predictors of sustained employment among people with psychiatric disabilities
Are any approvals required?:
The survey received IRB approval
How is it administered?:
The survey was mailed out and returned by mail
What is the scope or what areas does it cover?:
The survey collects information on current work, satisfaction with current work, work history, everyday life, work in everyday life, challenges at current work, health and mental health, and personal background.
Development of this survey included literature and database reviews in the field of employment and psychiatric disability
A combination of closed and open ended questions and standardized instruments were selected
Extensive consultations were made with researchers both within and outside the institution
Consumer groups piloted the survey and modifications were made based on their input
Has sensitivity and specificity been tested?:
No sensitive issues are involved
It does not allow for a total understanding of personal experiences of vocational recovery
Researchers must pursue more qualitative approaches to get to the deeper understanding of the issues under study
Initial findings are related to the patterns and predictors of sustained employment.
Findings on capacity of people with psychiatric disabilities to sustain employment challenge the idea that people with disabilities, especially psychiatric disabilities, cannot sustain employment or only sporadically. While this is not a representative sample, findings identify important trends and provide evidence about the phenomena that were not considered for this population. This has prompted the notion of vocational recovery and the development of new services.
While this is not a representative sample, findings identify important trends and provide evidence about the phenomena that were not considered for this population. This has prompted the notion of vocational recovery and the development of new services
: Longitudinal analysis; looking at different associations among multiple variables; and data mining in addition to staticstical analysis
Who uses the collected data?:
Rehabilitation and mental health professionals, VR professionals, consumers, family members, academics (psych rehab, counselor), policy makers