Supported employment for people with intellectual disability: the effects of job breakdown on psychological well-being

Banks, P., Jahoda, A. , Dagnan, D., Kemp, J. and Williams, V. (2010) Supported employment for people with intellectual disability: the effects of job breakdown on psychological well-being. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(4), pp. 344-354. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2009.00541.x)

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Abstract

Background This paper focuses on the transition to supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities paying particular attention to the impact of job breakdown on psychological well-being; an issue often omitted from studies. Materials and Methods Forty-nine people with intellectual disabilities were interviewed within 3 months of entering supported employment and 9-12 months later. Data collection involved in-depth interviews with people with intellectual disabilities, their carers and employers and completion of a self-report measure of depression and anxiety (an adapted form of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), and a self-report measure of quality of life (the ComQol). Results By time of the follow-up interviews, 13 of the 49 jobs had broken down. Analysis of scores measuring quality of life, anxiety and depression showed no effect for loss of employment. However, interviews with participants indicated that job loss had a considerable impact on those affected. Conclusions There were a wide range of reasons for job breakdown, many of which were particular to the circumstances of people with intellectual disabilities. Although job breakdown does not have an impact of anxiety or depression many participants found job loss traumatic

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:adults, attention, depression, follow-up, impact, intellectual disabilities, intellectual disability, job breakdown, jobs, life, lose, mental, mental health, people, quality of life, rehabilitation, scale, score, supported employment, vision, workers, workplace
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kemp, Mrs Joan and Jahoda, Professor Andrew
Authors: Banks, P., Jahoda, A., Dagnan, D., Kemp, J., and Williams, V.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
ISSN:1360-2322

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