Physical wellness and employment status among adults with serious mental illness

Richard W. Goldberg, Ann Hackman, Deborah R. Medoff, Clayton Brown, Li Juan Fang, Faith Dickerson, Julie Kreyenbuhl, Lisa Dixon

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This study examined whether concurrent medical status contributes to employment outcomes among those with psychiatric disabilities. Thirty-five percent (n = 70) of the 200 participants reported being currently employed. Sixty-three percent (n = 127) reported one or more co-occurring medical conditions; thirty-six percent (n = 71) reported two or more, and twenty-one percent (n = 41) reported three or more co-occurring medical conditions. Individuals with higher self-ratings of physical health functioning were more likely to be employed. Neither the number of co-occurring medical conditions nor any specific medical condition was related to employment status. Recommendations to enhance existing models of supported employment programs with physical health and wellness promotion components are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Employment status
  • Serious mental illness
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)


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