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ERIC Number: EJ924972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Being Candidates in a Transitional Vocational Course: Experiences of Self, Everyday Life and Work Potentials
Kinn, Liv Grethe; Holgersen, Helge; Borg, Marit; Fjaer, Svanaug
Disability & Society, v26 n4 p433-448 2011
Most people with mental health problems want a paid job, but experience difficulties in obtaining one. In-depth knowledge from service users is needed about what supports their work capacity and potentials. This qualitative study aimed to explore the occupational history of people with severe mental-health problems and experiences of being candidates in a transitional employment course. Two in-depth interviews with five candidates of this course were conducted. Four themes were developed: "all it takes to have a life", "being on the right track", "asking for feedback", and "candidates--for what"? The participants in this study experienced this course as a possibility for exploring themselves, their everyday lives and work potentials. However, they perceived some of the program's philosophy as unhelpful which highlights the significance of listening to the service users' preferences. These findings suggest that further standardization of vocational-rehabilitation programs in mental health may be counter-productive. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway