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Psychological predictors of vocational success for people with psychotic illness


Matthewson, M and Langworthy, J and Higgins, D, Psychological predictors of vocational success for people with psychotic illness, Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 21, (1) pp. 29-64. ISSN 1323-8922 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/jrc.2015.2


People diagnosed with psychotic illness continue to be underrepresented in the workforce despite the widespread provision of vocational rehabilitation services for people experiencing mental illness. A systematic literature review was undertaken using the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines to identify psychological predictors of successful return to work for this population. The databases searched were PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, PubMed, ProQuest, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), and Taylor & Francis Online. A total of 4,076 articles were located and of these, 29 articles were analysed as part of this review. The data extracted was synthesised using a narrative approach. A number of psychological factors were identified which are predictive of successful return to work. These factors include but are not limited to identity, self-management of illness, social cognition, hope and self-esteem and motivation. On the basis of the reviewed literature, practice guidelines are proposed which support the psychological processes identified as pivotal to vocational success for people diagnosed with psychotic illness.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:psychotic illness, serious mental illness, employment, return to work, social cognition, negative symptoms, stigma
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:101340
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2015-06-18
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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