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An evaluation of the choices for well-being project

Maguire, N., Hughes, V. C., Bell, L., Bogosian, A. and Hepworth, C. (2014). An evaluation of the choices for well-being project. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 19(3), pp. 303-315. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2013.806813

Abstract

The relationship between mental health, self-esteem and unemployment is well established. Emerging research suggests that interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can counter the negative effects of unemployment and may improve re-employment. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a manual-based programme, which combines CBT with job skills training, in improving the psychological health and job- seeking skills of unemployed individuals within the UK. One hundred and nine unemployed individuals, suffering mild to moderate mental health problems, were referred to the programme. Of these, 47 completed the programme and 32 attended follow-up. The impact of the manualised course was evaluated using a randomised control trial with a waiting list control. On completion of the programme, participants showed improvements in mental health, self- esteem and job-search self-efficacy as well as a reduction in the occurrence of negative automatic thoughts. Twenty participants gained employment and improvements persisted at follow-up. Considering the initial levels of psychological distress and mental health problems among the unemployed sample, the need for adequate service provision for the unemployed is recommended.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Health and Medicine on 04 Jul 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13548506.2013.806813
Publisher Keywords: CBT; unemployment; mental health; self-esteem; job search self-efficacy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/4978
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