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Cognitive and social functioning correlates of employment among people with severe mental illness


Javier Saavedra



Samuel Arias

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Professor of Health Humanities


We assess how social and cognitive functioning is associated to gaining employment for 213 people diagnosed with severe mental illness taking part in employment programs in Andalusia (Spain). We used the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status and the Social Functioning Scale and conducted two binary logistical regression analyses. Response variables were: having a job or not, in ordinary companies (OCs) and social enterprises (SEs), and working in and OC or not. There were two variables with significant adjusted odds ratios for having a job: “attention” and “Educational level”. There were five variables with significant odds ratios for having a job in an OC: “Sex”, “Educational level”, “Attention”, “Communication”, and “Independence-competence”. The study looks at the possible benefits of combining employment with support and social enterprises in employment programs for these people and underlines how both social and cognitive functioning are central to developing employment models.


Saavedra, J., López, M., González, S., Arias, S., & Crawford, P. (2015). Cognitive and social functioning correlates of employment among people with severe mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(7),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 9, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2015
Publication Date Oct 31, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 31, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2017
Journal Community Mental Health Journal
Print ISSN 0010-3853
Electronic ISSN 1573-2789
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 7
Keywords Serious mental illness, Cognitive function, Social function, Employment, Social firms
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