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Social integration and quality of life of mentally ill persons, 3rd follow-up.

Applicant Rössler Wulf
Number 67971
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Direktion, Sektor West und Zentrale Sozial- psychiatrische Dienste Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Neurology, Psychiatry
Start/End 01.02.2003 - 31.10.2006
Approved amount 232'639.00
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Discipline
Neurology, Psychiatry
Rehabilitation

Keywords (10)

QUALITY OF LIFE; SOCIAL SUPPORT; SOCIAL NETWORK; MENTAL ILLNESS; WORK; PSYCHIATRIC/VOCATIONAL-; REHABILITATION; EMPLOYMENT; SOCIAL STRESS; STIGMA

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The project „Social integration and quality of life of mentally ill persons“ is a longitudinal study on occupational and social integration of mentally ill persons which addresses the following questions:
- How are mentally ill persons integrated with regard to social network and occupation?
- Are there specific occupational career patterns over time, and what are their precursors and their consequences, respectively?

It will be investigated how occupational status and current quality of life are influenced by factors such as psychopathology, stigmatization and social support and network. Hypotheses are derived from a theoretical model developed to clarify the direct and buffering effects as well as the interactions of stressors like mental illness, disability and discrimination and resources like social support on quality of life and employment status.

The evaluation of patient data includes:
- an empirical quantitative interview of 290 hospitalized patients with additional information given by the psychiatrist,
two follow-up interviews 15 months and three years after the first interview and
- a secondary statistical evaluation of the standard documentation records (‘basic data’) of psychiatric institutions in the canton of Zurich.

The first analyses of the longitudinal show
- The illness course influences the social and vocational rehabilitation.
- The amount of soical support is affecting the perceived stigmatisation.
- People with a history of ongoing hospitalisations drop out of the labour market.
- Income was positively influenced by a higher age of onset, better vocational status, and higher education, but did not change over time.
- QoL significantly improved, and was positively influenced by vocational status. Subjects with an affective disorder showed lower QoL.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
57211 Social integration and quality of life of mentally ill persons. Soziale Integration und Lebensqualität von psychisch kranken Menschen (SIPSY) 01.02.2000 Project funding (Div. I-III)

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