Classifying Socially-Valued Role Functioning Among Community Residents with Psychiatric Disorders

Waghorn, Geoffrey, Chant, David, & King, Robert (2007) Classifying Socially-Valued Role Functioning Among Community Residents with Psychiatric Disorders. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 10(3), pp. 185-221.

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An increased emphasis on community-based care has not ensured that people recovering from psychiatric disorders return to active and valued roles in their local communities. Although clinical recovery remains a priority for mental health services there is increasing recognition of the need for functional recovery to be attained and demonstrated in roles valued by the wider community. With this need in mind, a method for classifying socially-valued role functioning among people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder was developed and trialed. Participants (n = 104) were recruited via mental health, psychosocial rehabilitation, and other community support services. Socially-valued roles were investigated via participation in five categories: (1) self-care and home duties; (2) caring for others; (3) self-development, voluntary work or rehabilitation; (4) formal education or training; and (5) employment. Activities were classified by primary role type and role status level at baseline, six, and 12 months. Current role status was assessed along with highest and lowest status in the previous year. Preliminary psychometric results were favorable. Research applications are now recommended for monitoring socially-valued role functioning in community settings.

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ID Code: 46446
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Employment, Psychosocial rehabilitation, Role functioning, Schizophrenia, Vocational rehabilitation
DOI: 10.1080/15487760701508318
ISSN: 1548-7768
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 00:45
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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