The SESAMI evaluation of employment support in the UK: background and baseline data

Schneider, Justine, Secker, Jenny, Grove, Bob, Floyd, Mike, Slade, Jan, Boyce, Melanie J. and Johnson, Robyn L. (2007) The SESAMI evaluation of employment support in the UK: background and baseline data. Journal of Mental Health, 16 (3). pp. 375-387. ISSN 1360-0567

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Aims: This study evaluates real world employment support for people with severe mental health problems in the UK. Given a policy context which promotes social inclusion and welfare to work, we wanted to find out about typical employment services and their effects on people with mental health problems. Method: A case study design was adopted, incorporating qualitative and quantitative interviews with staff and users of each service. After screening for severity, 182 individuals met our inclusion criteria for current use of the services. They were interviewed about their current engagement with support services, their employment and job satisfaction if employed. Measures of self esteem, hope/optimism and job satisfaction were taken as outcomes. Results: We report here associations between the outcome measures and: current working status; support from the agency; and demographic features at baseline. People who were working had higher outcome scores than those who were in work preparation or training. People working with support had higher job satisfaction. Conclusions: The study highlights the methodological issues raised by doing real world research. These findings were generated by heterogeneous interventions in non-experimental settings. Despite this, they tend to support previous evidence in favour of early placement and ongoing support in work.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Severe mental health problems, work, supported employment, welfare to work
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 14:53
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 10:46

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