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Towards a working life?: Experiences in a rehabilitation process for people with psychiatric disabilities
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
Linköping Univ, Dept Behav Sci & Learning, Linköping, Sweden; Nord Sch Publ Hlth, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (Institutet för handikappvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2690-6989
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 17, no 2, 149-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to reveal the meaning some people with psychiatric disabilities assigned to important personal experiences in relation to an ongoing rehabilitation process. The data comprises open-ended interviews of eight participants. A hermeneutic approach together with a content analysis was used to analyse the data. The results indicated the importance of not relying on simplified prognoses early in a rehabilitation process when assessing rehabilitation measures and/or work capacity. The phenomenon of rehabilitation seemed to be very complex, diverse, and changed over time depending on different circumstances that arose during the rehabilitation process. These circumstances arose on individual, contextual as well as structural levels and all had an impact on the outcomes. The results also indicated that it seemed to be possible to achieve success, change attitudes, and create a positive image of a future related to a working life if the support was perceived as relevant and the activities undertaken were perceived as contributing to achievement of the individual's goals. Regardless of which path the informants later chose these factors were seen to support an empowerment process and active participation in their own rehabilitation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, United Kingdom: Informa Healthcare, 2010. Vol. 17, no 2, 149-161 p.
Keyword [en]
Vocational rehabilitation, return to work, empowerment, psychiatric disabilities
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Social Sciences Social Sciences Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6410DOI: 10.3109/11038120902906303ISI: 000278023300006PubMedID: 19452352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6410DiVA: diva2:213765
Available from: 2009-04-29 Created: 2009-04-29 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Erfarenheter av rehabiliteringsprocessen mot ett arbetsliv: brukarens och de professionellas perspektiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Erfarenheter av rehabiliteringsprocessen mot ett arbetsliv: brukarens och de professionellas perspektiv
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Erfarenheter av rehabiliteringsprocessen mot ett arbetsliv - brukarens och de professionellas perspektiv. Örebro, Studies from the Swedish Institute of Disability Research No 34, 107 pp.The overall aim of this dissertation is to (1) describe and analyse perceived barriers and opportunities from the perspective of the individual receiving vocational rehabilitation services as a result of unemployment and psychiatric disability (2) describe and analyse perceived barriers and opportunities in services for unemployed people with psychiatric disabilities from the perspective of professionals working in the area of vocational rehabilitation and (3) utilize empowerment theory to explore and develop a deeper understanding of the experiences and perceptions described by these individuals and professionals. The data consists of open-ended interviews with service users and professionals’ working in the area of vocational rehabilitation. A content analysis together with an interpretive approach was used to analyse the data. The results revealed that support and the psychosocial work environment are important factors that influence the rehabilitation process for the individual. These factors can facilitate opportunities to develop skills in contacts with fellow employees, increase belief in one’s own abilities, and can contribute to the achievement of specified goals. These factors are also seen as supporting empowerment and active participation in the rehabilitation process. However, the results also revealed that the rehabilitation process is negatively effected by environmental factors to which the professionals and their organizations contributed. Barriers related to interagency collaboration contributed to barriers to a successful rehabilitation for the individual. The professionals were consistent in what they viewed as enabling factors in the rehabilitation process but the results also showed how difficult it was for the service system to create a rehabilitation context in line with their knowledge and experience.Keywords: Psychiatric disabilities, vocational rehabilitation, empowerment, interagency collaboration, support system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2010. 107 p.
Series
Studies from The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, ISSN 1650-1128 ; 34
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences
Research subject
Disability Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-11267 (URN)978-91-7668-741-3 (ISBN)
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2010-09-22, Hörsal P2, Fakultetsgatan, Örebro universitet, 701 82 Örebro, 13:00
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Available from: 2010-06-28 Created: 2010-06-28 Last updated: 2011-05-10Bibliographically approved

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