Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 175–182 | Cite as

Psychosis and the Experience of Employment

  • Vicky NithsdaleEmail author
  • Jason Davies
  • Paul Croucher


Introduction Although unemployment is common among those diagnosed with psychotic illnesses, few studies have looked directly at the experience of those who have gained competitive paid employment subsequent to being diagnosed. This study explored the experiences of people diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder in relation to paid employment. Methods Eight participants with experience of paid employment were interviewed. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) [Smith et al. (In: Murray, Chamberlain, editors) Qualitative health psychology, 1999]. Results Three super-ordinate themes; ‘Coping’, ‘Interpersonal support and reactions’, and ‘Personal change’ were identified. Conclusions Interpersonal support seemed to be lacking in workplaces, where discrimination was a reality for people with psychosis. Further study into what facilitates coping with symptoms in the workplace is needed.


Psychosis Competitive employment Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hesley GroupDoncasterUK
  2. 2.42 Greystones CrescentSheffield, South YorkshireUK
  3. 3.Clinical Psychology UnitUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  4. 4.Clinical Psychology ServicesDerbyshire Mental Health NHS TrustDerbyshireUK

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