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Disability and supported employment: impact on employment, income, and allowances
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Swedish Institute for Disability Research.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Swedish Institute for Disability Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3023-3422
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Swedish Institute for Disability Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2690-6989
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, ISSN 0342-5282, E-ISSN 1473-5660, Vol. 35, no 3, p. 263-269Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we examine supported employment and its impact on the level of employment, disposable income, and sum of allowances, targeting a group of individuals with disabilities. We have particularly focused on individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Supported employment is a vocational rehabilitation service with an empowerment approach that has competitive employment as an expressed goal. Data collected from two Swedish organizations, providing services based on supported employment, have been used. Two groups have been considered: one group focusing on individuals who have received vocational rehabilitation, according to the supported employment approach, and the other group focusing on individuals who declined supported employment (control group). The groups have been examined according to a 'before-and-after the intervention' design. Outcome measures have been retrospectively analyzed. The results indicate that the individuals who received supported employment were hired faster, earned a higher disposable income, and at the same time, had lower individual allowances. The same pattern as that for the overall population emerged for individuals with psychiatric disorders. Vocational rehabilitation based on the principles of supported employment may be very effective for individuals to gain employment, a better disposable income, and a substantial cutback in allowances. The intervention should be tailored according to individual needs rather than organizational rules.

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Philadelphia, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012. Vol. 35, no 3, p. 263-269
Keywords [en]
Allowances, disability, income, supported employment, vocational rehabilitation
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Medical and Health Sciences Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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Disability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-24902DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e3283544d3cISI: 000307649000012PubMedID: 22647705Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84864646942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-24902DiVA, id: diva2:546640
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-23 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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