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

Connell, M., King, R., Crowe, T.,

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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.

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."

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

Location : North America

Domain/s: Economic participation, Health and wellbeing

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