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The life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability: a survey in a region in southern Sweden

Nordstrom, M.; Skarsater, I.; Björkman, Tommy LU and Wijk, H. (2009) In Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 16(8). p.738-748
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Accessible summary This article describes the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability living in a region in southern Sweden. The respondents themselves describe their life circumstances in terms of their living conditions, occupation and activities, health, and formal and informal support. The results show that 77.5% are unmarried, which differ considerably from corresponding figures for the Swedish population in general, of whom only 34% are single. Approximately 23% reported some sort of regular work, while only 8.7% declared that they earned a salary. Nine of 10 participants reported that their income came from sickness benefits and disability pensions, which can be compared with 10% (approximately) of the general... (More)
Accessible summary This article describes the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability living in a region in southern Sweden. The respondents themselves describe their life circumstances in terms of their living conditions, occupation and activities, health, and formal and informal support. The results show that 77.5% are unmarried, which differ considerably from corresponding figures for the Swedish population in general, of whom only 34% are single. Approximately 23% reported some sort of regular work, while only 8.7% declared that they earned a salary. Nine of 10 participants reported that their income came from sickness benefits and disability pensions, which can be compared with 10% (approximately) of the general Swedish population. Ninety per cent of participants reported receiving two or three different types of support - e.g. practical, social and medical - and having extensive contacts with municipal services to help them cope with their daily lives. People with psychiatric disability need both formal and informal support in coping with their everyday lives. The family plays an important role and it is essential to establish cooperation between the formal and informal support systems. The socio-political goal of fostering access to work and gainful employment is far from having been attained. Abstract This article describes the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability living in one urban and six rural areas in a single region in Sweden. Furthermore, the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability are discussed in relation to the aims of social policies in Sweden. Data were collected by means of a survey study exploring the formal support provided by local authorities to its citizens and the informal support given by family members and volunteers. The results reveal how the respondents themselves describe their life circumstances in terms of their living conditions, occupation and activities, health, and formal and informal support. The results indicate that persons with a psychiatric disability, regardless of where they live, need both formal and informal support in order to cope with their everyday lives. The family plays an important role in this, and it is essential for the formal and informal support systems to cooperate with each other. The lack of activities and opportunities for work experienced by persons with a psychiatric disability indicates that the sociopolitical goal of fostering access to employment and work and to earning a living for this group is far from having been attained. (Less)
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community care, collaborative research, common mental health problems, social support
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Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
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10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01455.x
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  abstract     = {Accessible summary This article describes the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability living in a region in southern Sweden. The respondents themselves describe their life circumstances in terms of their living conditions, occupation and activities, health, and formal and informal support. The results show that 77.5% are unmarried, which differ considerably from corresponding figures for the Swedish population in general, of whom only 34% are single. Approximately 23% reported some sort of regular work, while only 8.7% declared that they earned a salary. Nine of 10 participants reported that their income came from sickness benefits and disability pensions, which can be compared with 10% (approximately) of the general Swedish population. Ninety per cent of participants reported receiving two or three different types of support - e.g. practical, social and medical - and having extensive contacts with municipal services to help them cope with their daily lives. People with psychiatric disability need both formal and informal support in coping with their everyday lives. The family plays an important role and it is essential to establish cooperation between the formal and informal support systems. The socio-political goal of fostering access to work and gainful employment is far from having been attained. Abstract This article describes the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability living in one urban and six rural areas in a single region in Sweden. Furthermore, the life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability are discussed in relation to the aims of social policies in Sweden. Data were collected by means of a survey study exploring the formal support provided by local authorities to its citizens and the informal support given by family members and volunteers. The results reveal how the respondents themselves describe their life circumstances in terms of their living conditions, occupation and activities, health, and formal and informal support. The results indicate that persons with a psychiatric disability, regardless of where they live, need both formal and informal support in order to cope with their everyday lives. The family plays an important role in this, and it is essential for the formal and informal support systems to cooperate with each other. The lack of activities and opportunities for work experienced by persons with a psychiatric disability indicates that the sociopolitical goal of fostering access to employment and work and to earning a living for this group is far from having been attained.},
  author       = {Nordstrom, M. and Skarsater, I. and Björkman, Tommy and Wijk, H.},
  issn         = {1351-0126},
  keyword      = {community care,collaborative research,common mental health problems,social support},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {738--748},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing},
  title        = {The life circumstances of persons with a psychiatric disability: a survey in a region in southern Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01455.x},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2009},
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