Cognitive and social functioning correlates of employment among people with severe mental illness

Saavedra, Javier and López, Marcelino and González, Sergio and Arias, Samuel and Crawford, Paul (2015) Cognitive and social functioning correlates of employment among people with severe mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 52 (7). pp. 851-858. ISSN 1573-2789

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We assess how social and cognitive functioning is associated to gaining employment for 213 people diagnosed with severe mental illness taking part in employment programs in Andalusia (Spain). We used the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status and the Social Functioning Scale and conducted two binary logistical regression analyses. Response variables were: having a job or not, in ordinary companies (OCs) and social enterprises (SEs), and working in and OC or not. There were two variables with significant adjusted odds ratios for having a job: “attention” and “Educational level”. There were five variables with significant odds ratios for having a job in an OC: “Sex”, “Educational level”, “Attention”, “Communication”, and “Independence-competence”. The study looks at the possible benefits of combining employment with support and social enterprises in employment programs for these people and underlines how both social and cognitive functioning are central to developing employment models.

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Keywords: Serious mental illness, Cognitive function, Social function, Employment, Social firms
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 11:05
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 17:45

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