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Citation:  Porter, Susann; Lexén, Annika; & Bejerholm, Ulrika (2019). Mental health literacy among vocational rehabilitation professionals and their perception of employers in the return-to-work process. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50 (2), 157-169.
Title:  Mental health literacy among vocational rehabilitation professionals and their perception of employers in the return-to-work process
Authors:  Porter, Susann; Lexén, Annika; & Bejerholm, Ulrika
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-180997
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Qualitative research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with mental health problems often need support from vocational rehabilitation professionals in their return-to-work (RTW) process. Research has shown that this support can be deficient, with vocational rehabilitation professionals lacking relevant knowledge and an underlying belief in the individual’s ability to resume a working life. More understanding is therefore needed of professionals’ mental health literacy and their perception of and influence on employer roles in the RTW process.
Purpose:  To explore the mental health literacy of Swedish vocational rehabilitation professionals and their perception of employers in the RTW process.
Data collection and analysis:  Qualitative grounded theory study which included 22 interviews of vocational rehabilitation professionals working with individuals with mental health problems in their RTW process.
Findings:  Three categories emerged: holding a position of power in the RTW process, viewing and believing in individuals’ work ability plays a central role, and recognizing the employer’s role as a key factor for realizing employment.
Conclusions:  Increasing the mental health literacy of vocational rehabilitation professionals is crucial since they have a decisive role with both clients and employers in the RTW process.

Disabilities served:  Anxiety disorder
Bi-polar
Chronic mental illness
Depression
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Personality disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Schizophrenia
Interventions:  Supported employment
Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Return to work