An exploratory study of career development of people with schizophrenia

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An exploratory study of career development of people with schizophrenia


Author: Lee, Chi-hung
Title: An exploratory study of career development of people with schizophrenia
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2006
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Schizophrenics -- Employment
Career development
Department: Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: 129 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
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Abstract: A qualitative case-study method was adopted to describe the perceived influencing factors and their impacts on career development of the people with schizophrenia. Narrative data was collected from the perspectives of eight participants through semi-structured interviews and a focus group in a psychiatric hospital in Hong Kong. The findings from the literature and the study reflected that interplay between self-efficacy and learning experience appear to be the main determinants to moderate one's career development after illness. Thus, understanding clients' perceived barriers to career development is necessary for occupational therapists to explain interruption of career advancement after illness. The identified barriers included (1) intermittent exacerbation of illness, (2) effects of medication, (3) needs for adaptation at work, (4) stereotype, stigma, and discrimination, (5) weakened self-efficacy, and (5) concerns over staff's paternalistic attitude. The findings indicated that to promote better understanding about the self and work-world, to recognize their perceived barriers, and to empower their career decision-making, appear to be the key directions of career counseling practice for people with schizophrenia. The study also discussed the significance of vocational rehabilitation service at their prodromal stage, and recommends a need to evaluate the applicability of career development theories to the people with schizophrenia.

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