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Title: The Relationship Between Hope, Social Inclusion, and Mental Wellbeing in Supported Employment
Contributor(s): Dunstan, Debra  (author)orcid ; Falconer, Amanda (author); Price, Ian  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1017/jrc.2017.5
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Abstract: This study explored the relationships between hope, social inclusion, and mental wellbeing in a sample of people in recovery from mental illness. Participants were 70 adults (60% male) with a psychiatric disability (71.4% schizophrenia) who were engaged in supported employment by an Australian Disability Enterprise. Compared to others diagnosed with a mental disorder, the participants in this study had higher levels of hope, social inclusion, and mental wellbeing, and lower levels of psychological distress. Hope and social inclusion predicted mental wellbeing, with social inclusion partially mediating the relationship between the other two constructs. Participants reported experiencing the psychosocial benefits of work (e.g., structured activity and a shared purpose) but were dissatisfied with their wages. The findings support Jahoda's Latent Deprivation theory of social inclusion and the psychosocial benefits of work participation to recovery from mental illness.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 23(1), p. 37-51
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1838-6059
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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