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Sustained Employment of People Who Have Psychiatric Conditions

Author(s): 
Russinova, Zlatka PhD and Wewiorski, Nancy PhD
Project title: 
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Rehabilitation of Persons with Long-Term Mental Illness
Project Number: 
H133B990023
Tool type: 
Survey
Tool class: 
Nonengineering tool
Disability targeted: 
Psychiatric disabilities
Study target: 
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
Ease of use: 
Average
Time to complete: 
60 minutes
Skills needed: 
no
Equipment required: 
none
Sensitive issues: 
none
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 background: 
Development of this survey included literature and database reviews in the field of employment and psychiatric disability
Development methodology: 
A combination of closed and open ended questions and standardized instruments were selected
Outside consultation: 
Extensive consultations were made with researchers both within and outside the institution
Consumer input: 
Consumer groups piloted the survey and modifications were made based on their input
Has sensitivity and specificity been tested?: 
No sensitive issues are involved
Data analysis: 
Is in process
Limitations: 
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
Findings: 
Initial findings are related to the patterns and predictors of sustained employment.
Interpretations: 
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.
Implications: 
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
Research methods: 
: Longitudinal analysis; looking at different associations among multiple variables; and data mining in addition to staticstical analysis
Peer review status: 
unknown
Who uses the collected data?: 
Rehabilitation and mental health professionals, VR professionals, consumers, family members, academics (psych rehab, counselor), policy makers
Is this tool available free of charge?: 
Yes
Tool contact: 
E. Sally Rogers, ScD
Email: 
mfarkas@bu.edu; erogers@bu.edu
Phone: 
617/353-3549