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Citation:  Wong, K. K., Chiu, L. P., Tang, S. W., Kan, H. K., Kong, C. L., Chu, H. W., & Chiu, S. N. (2004). A Supported Employment program for people with Mental Illness in Hong Kong. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 7 (1), 83-96.
Title:  A Supported Employment program for people with Mental Illness in Hong Kong
Authors:  Wong, K. K., Chiu, L. P., Tang, S. W., Kan, H. K., Kong, C. L., Chu, H. W., & Chiu, S. N.
Year:  2004
Journal/Publication:  American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Routledge, Taylor and Francis
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/15487760490465004
Full text:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15487760490465004   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Quasi-experimental

Structured abstract:

Background:  People with mental illness have high rates of unemployment and underemployment. Hong Kong is interested in investigating new ways to assist this population with employment. Research is needed.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to report on the vocational outcomes of people with mental illness participating in a supported employment (SE) program in Hong Kong.
Setting:  The setting was community vocational rehabilitation providers and various places of business in Hong Kong.
Study sample:  The study sample included 748 individuals with mental illness who enrolled in supported employment programs in Hong Kong.
Intervention:  The intervention was the Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment.
Data collection and analysis:  Employment data was collected on participants, including wages and job tenure was collected.
Findings:  Of the 748 participants, 458 (61.2%) obtained competitive employment. The mean job tenure was 151 days. The mean salary was HK$4,561 (US$585.00) for full-time jobs and $2,368 (US$304.00) for part-time jobs. The majority of participants (62.4%) could sustain their job placement for more than 30 days, 110 (24.0%) participants could work for more than six months, and 59 (12.9%) could maintain their jobs for more than one year.
Conclusions:  This study concluded that IPS programs could improve vocational outcomes for people with mental illness in Hong Kong. Recommendations for future research on evaluation of the effectiveness of SE program and for further development of SE in Hong Kong were suggested.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Race: Asian
Interventions:  Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment
Supported employment
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Wages
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