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Employment functioning and disability among community residents with bipolar affective disorder: results from an Australian community survey

Waghorn, G., Chant, D., Jaeger, J.,

Academic Literature

2007

This paper compared employment functioning and disability among people with bipolar affective disorder in comparison to adults with schizophrenia. Data from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 1997–1998 were analysed. The analysis revealed key functioning differences between bipolar affective disorder (BPD) and schizophrenia. Age, course of disorder, insight into positive symptoms, impairment attributed to medication, family history of schizophrenia, lifetime substance dependence, and lifetime repeated use of illicit or non-prescription drugs were factors influencing employment functionings. The correlates of work functioning among people with BPD warrant special attention when providing both clinical and vocational assistance. Employment functioning in both BPD and schizophrenia is partly explained by demographic, clinical and functioning correlates, which can be independent of global assessments of social and occupational functioning.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Bipolar Disorders

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Economic participation, Health and wellbeing

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