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An evaluation of the impact of a work ready occupational therapy programme on mental health and well being for unemployed people

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dc.contributor.advisor Gallagher, MaryBeth
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-14T11:26:44Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-14T11:26:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3169
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Current literature suggests that unemployment can have a negative effect on mental health and well being, affecting an individual’s ability to become reemployed. There is limited research in the area of interventions which target people who are unemployed. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of an 8 week Work Ready occupational therapy program, on mental health and well being in unemployed people. Method: Quantitative measures were administered before and after the 8 eight week program to assess for changes in depressive symptoms, anxiety, self-esteem and coping. Four participants completed the pre and post measures. Results: The findings of the study suggest some positive trends in relation to mental health improvements following participation in the Work Ready Program. 75% of the sample group decreased in levels of depression and 100% of the sample group decreased in negative coping. These findings should be interpreted with caution considering the limitations of this study. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of the role which occupational therapists can play in reducing the negative effects of unemployment. There is a need for further research into effective occupational therapy programs with people who are unemployed to provide stronger evidence based practice in the area. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject unemployment en_US
dc.title An evaluation of the impact of a work ready occupational therapy programme on mental health and well being for unemployed people en_US
dc.type Master thesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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