Employment Issues and Relevant Treatment Models for Persons with Schizophrenia

Michael A. Herold


Employment is an important aspect of life that shapes a working-age adult’s identity and sense of belonging in society.  Despite the passage of legislation to protect the right to work of people with disabilities, they continue experiencing high rates of unemployment and underemployment. The challenges faced by persons with psychiatric disabilities when seeking and maintaining employment may seem insurmountable, especially when they have to battle the stigma associated with mental illness and overcome stereotypical views held by employers.  The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the employment issues encountered by persons with schizophrenia and to introduce vocational interventions that could improve employment outcomes.  Treatment models, such as the theory of planned behavior and individual placement and support, are also be discussed.


schizophrenia; cognitive remediation; individual placement and support; theory of planned behavior

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