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Title: The meaning and experience of work in the context of severe and enduring mental health problems: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Authors: Blank, A
Harries, P
Reynolds, F
Keywords: Employment;Recovery;Meaningful occupation;Longitudinal;Case study
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: IOS Press
Citation: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 45(3), 299 - 304, 2013
Abstract: Research into mental health and employment has indicated that work holds multiple meanings for people with mental health problems. This paper reports findings from a phenomenological study which aimed to understand the complexity of these meanings by exploration of the perspectives of one individual who was considering returning to work. Data were gathered through a series of three interviews carried out over a period of 18 months. Three themes were identified – Beliefs and Values about Work, Working with a Mental Health Problem, and Planning for the Future. Analysis and interpretation facilitated understandings of what work represented for the participant. What this study has contributed to the evidence base is a deeper understanding of the multiple meanings of work, and the varied roles that work may play in contributing to meaning and quality of life for people with mental health problems.
Description: This is the author's final version of the article. The final publication is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2013 IOS Press and the Authors.
ISSN: 1051-9815
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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