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Effects of co-occurring disorders on employment outcomes in a multisite randomized study of supported employment for people with severe mental illness

Judith A. Cook, PhD, et al.

This research looked at whether unemployed people with mental illness and another co-occurring disorder have a harder time going back to work than those with only mental illness. People were studied for 2 years and received services including job counseling, job-finding help, and support for retaining jobs. Results showed that people with co-occurring medical problems or disabilities took longer to get their first jobs than those who had only mental illness. They also made less money and worked fewer hours at their first jobs. Return-to-work services should provide extra help for people with both mental illness and other co-occurring disorders.


Volume 44 Number 6, 2007
Pages 837 — 850


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