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Individual Placement and Support is the keyhole : Employer experiences of supporting persons with mental illness

Lexén, Annika LU ; Emmelin, Maria LU and Bejerholm, Ulrika LU (2016) In Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 44(2). p.135-147
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BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation professionals are increasingly interested in the vocational rehabilitation approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for persons with serious mental illness. OBJECTIVE: Since employers play a crucial supporting role for the IPS service user in the workplace, the aim of this study was to explore the experiences and views of employers in Sweden who have participated in the IPS network and taken IPS service users into their workforce. METHODS: Grounded theory with situational analysis was used to analyze data from nine employers. RESULTS: The core category being socially committedwas identified. Six stages/categories illustrated the employer process, from taking on IPS service users to supporting... (More)

BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation professionals are increasingly interested in the vocational rehabilitation approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for persons with serious mental illness. OBJECTIVE: Since employers play a crucial supporting role for the IPS service user in the workplace, the aim of this study was to explore the experiences and views of employers in Sweden who have participated in the IPS network and taken IPS service users into their workforce. METHODS: Grounded theory with situational analysis was used to analyze data from nine employers. RESULTS: The core category being socially committedwas identified. Six stages/categories illustrated the employer process, from taking on IPS service users to supporting them at work: 1) IPS is the keyhole, 2) being ready to open the door, 3) making a job offer, 4) removing barriers, 5) achieving the goal, and 6) pride mixed with negative feelings. CONCLUSION: The study results suggest that collaborative relationships with employers must be based on trust and professionalism, and that employers must be provided with adequate support.

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occupational therapy, severe mental illness, Supported employment, vocational rehabilitation
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Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
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44
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13 pages
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IOS Press
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  • Scopus:84961768986
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1052-2263
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10.3233/JVR-150786
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English
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  author       = {Lexén, Annika and Emmelin, Maria and Bejerholm, Ulrika},
  issn         = {1052-2263},
  keyword      = {occupational therapy,severe mental illness,Supported employment,vocational rehabilitation},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {03},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {135--147},
  publisher    = {IOS Press},
  series       = {Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation},
  title        = {Individual Placement and Support is the keyhole : Employer experiences of supporting persons with mental illness},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/JVR-150786},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2016},
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