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Evaluation of the Choices for Wellbeing project

Evaluation of the Choices for Wellbeing project
Evaluation of the Choices for Wellbeing project
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.
1354-8506
303 - 315
Maguire, Nick
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Hughes, Vera
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Bell, Louise
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Hepworth, Claire
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Bogosian, Angeliki
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Maguire, Nick, Hughes, Vera, Bell, Louise, Bogosian, Angeliki and Hepworth, Claire (2014) Evaluation of the Choices for Wellbeing project. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 19 (3), 303 - 315. (doi:10.1080/13548506.2013.806813).

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 May 2013
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 July 2013
Published date: 2014
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 340033
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/340033
ISSN: 1354-8506
PURE UUID: d6018b64-f7d9-4b9a-8cb9-9a8aba77b52f
ORCID for Nick Maguire: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4295-8068

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Date deposited: 07 Jun 2012 12:55
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:06

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Author: Nick Maguire ORCID iD
Author: Vera Hughes
Author: Louise Bell
Author: Angeliki Bogosian
Author: Claire Hepworth

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