Work, Workers, and Workplaces: A Qualitative Analysis of Narratives of Mental Health Consumers

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Author: Bonnie Kirsh
Date: October-December 2000
From: The Journal of Rehabilitation(Vol. 66, Issue 4)
Publisher: National Rehabilitation Association
Document Type: Article
Length: 4,902 words

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Literature in the area of work and mental health consumers suggests that employment is beneficial to mental health. However, little is known about effects of work on the lives of consumers or components of the workplace which may facilitate work integration. The purpose of this study is to examine the meaning of work from consumers' perspectives as well as important elements of workplaces. Interviews were conducted with 36 consumers who were employed or who had recently left their jobs in integrated settings. Data were analyzed through inductive analysis and three major themes are presented: the meaningfulness of work to consumers, the impact of the organization on job satisfaction and tenure, and the importance of supervisory and coworker relationships and attitudes.

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