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Citation:  Stuart, H. (2006). Mental Illness and employment discrimination. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 19 (5), 522-526.
Title:  Mental Illness and employment discrimination
Authors:  Stuart, H.
Year:  2006
Journal/Publication:  Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Publisher:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with mental illness face barriers and discrimination when obtaining and maintaining employment due to stigma. This is concerning since employment is an important part of recovery.
Purpose:  This study provides a review of existing research on both the experience of discrimination in the workplace for individuals with mental illness, as well as the risks and benefits of disclosing one's mental illness to employers. It identifies changes that need to be made on a systemic level to better support individuals seeking competitive employment.

Disabilities served:  Anxiety disorder
Chronic mental illness
Personality disorders
Populations served:  Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Sub-minimum wage employees
Interventions:  Co-worker supports
On-the-job training and support