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Work issues for young people with psychosis: barriers to employment

Authors:
BASSETT Jo, LLOYD Chris, BASSETT Hazel
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(2), February 2001, pp.66-72.
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists

Young people who have had a mental illness face significant barriers to both gaining and maintaining employment. This Australian study uses a qualitative design consisting of two focus groups, to identify the issues experienced by young people diagnosed with psychosis wanting to gain employment. The themes identified in this study concern loss, low self-confidence and self-esteem, stigma, treatment issues, the need for support, and difficulties in identifying and achieving goals.

Journal article

Occupational therapy in mental health: managing stress and burnout

Authors:
BASSETT Hazel, LLOYD Chris
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(8), August 2001, pp.406-411.
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists

Stress and burnout for human service workers has received increasing attention over a number of years. It has been suggested that health care professionals may be particularly at risk of stress and burnout because of the amount and type of direct client contact that makes up their work. For workers in the field of mental health, additional stressors are present owing to organisational restructuring and new models of care. Mental health occupational therapists may be vulnerable to stress and burnout owing to the nature of their work, the types of clients they see, the changed work environment and professional issues. It is recommended that occupational therapists become aware of the factors contributing to stress and burnout and develop strategies to maintain their wellbeing in the workforce.

Journal article

Living with under-fives: a programme for parents with a mental illness

Authors:
BASSETT Hazel, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(1), January 2001, pp.23-28.
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists

Parenthood for people with a major mental illness can be fraught with difficulties and often they receive little support. Reports on occupational therapists working in an Australian mental health service who developed a two-stream programme which aimed to consolidate the parent/child relationship and enable the parents to develop effective parenting skills. This programme has a parents' educational stream and stream with developmentally appropriate activities for the children. Observed outcomes have included the parents becoming more responsive to their children, increased treatment compliance, improved community access, and a decrease in the number of children in temporary foster care.

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