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Title [sv]
Med arbetsliv i sikte - Stöd till utbildning för unga vuxna med psykisk ohälsa
Title [en]
A working life on the horizon - Supported education for young adults with mental health problems
Abstract [sv]
Att erbjuda stöd till unga vuxna med psykisk ohälsa i studier är nödvändigt för att förebygga långvarigt funktionshinder och främja möjlighet till arbete. Psykisk sjukdom debuterar ofta i det tidiga vuxenlivet. Denna tid innebär ofta stora utmaningar med att etablera sig i vuxenvärlden i form av eftergymnasiala studier eller arbetsliv. Brist på stöd har visat ett samband med ett ökat antal unga vuxna med psykisk ohälsa som uppbär aktivitets- och sjukersättning. Många av dessa får stöd att ?förträna? i en skyddad miljö snarare än stöd relaterade till deras arbets- och studierelaterade mål. I takt med att arbetsmarknaden ställer högre krav på utbildning och kompetens har också forskning kring evidensbaserade metoder som Supported Employment börjat uppmärksamma behov av specifikt stöd riktat till karriärmöjligheter och högre utbildning. Detta för att främja en mer långvarig etablering på arbetsmarknaden för målgruppen. Supported Education är en metod som främjar deltagande i olika utbildningssammanhang för unga vuxna med psykisk ohälsa. Metoden erbjuder stöd i beslut och val kring karriärmöjligheter genom specifik sakkunskap, konkret stöd och samordning med psykiatrisk vård och omsorg. Forskning har visat ett behov av att integrera dessa två metoder för att främja en mer långvarig och framgångsrik karriär på arbetsmarknaden som kan förebygga ett livslångt och kostsamt beroende av psykiatrisk vård och omsorg. Projektets övergripande syfte är att utveckla kunskap avseende de grundläggande delarna i Supported education som är möjliga att implementera i ett svenskt sammanhang samt att studera och utvärdera studie- och återhämtningsinriktade resultat av detta stöd för unga vuxna med psykisk ohälsa. Projektet innefattar tre studier, dels en systematisk litteraturstudie och dels en kartläggning av behov i Sverige. Dessa kommer att bidra till att utveckla en modell som i en tredje studie kommer att testas och anpassas till ett svenskt kontext.
Abstract [en]
Sammanfattning (2000 tecken) Supporting students with mental health problems to participate in education is critical for preventing long-term disabilities and promoting employment. The age of onset for many psychiatric illnesses corresponds with early adulthood, a time when young adults are struggling to establish themselves, a challenge that most often involves some type of post-secondary education.  A lack of supports adapted to the mental health needs of young adults has also been connected to the increasing number who are receiving early pensions and utilizing sheltered activities rather than pursuing their goals related to education and eventual work. Even research investigating outcomes related to evidence-based interventions such as Supported Employment has begun to suggest the need for more specific, career related, educational supports, as an essential aspect of supporting sustainable employment in a labor market that increasingly demands formal education or training. Supported Education is an intervention that supports functioning in varied academic environments and focuses on helping young adults to develop career goals by providing specific expertise, concrete supports and coordinated mental health services. Recent studies suggest a need to integrate these two models in order to achieve sustainable success in the labor market and to prevent a costly lifetime dependence on psychiatric and social services. The overall aim of this project is to develop knowledge regarding the components of Supported Education that are feasible to implement in a Swedish context and to study and evaluate the educational and recovery-related outcomes of these services, for young adults with mental health problems. It will consist of  three studies, including a systematic review of existing literature and a survey of need in Sweden, both of which will contribute to the development of a model to be developed and tested in a Swedish context.
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Hillborg, H., Lövgren, V., Bejerholm, U. & Rosenberg, D. (2021). Integrating Interventions That Can Support a Career-Oriented Recovery for Young Adults: Building on the Supported Education Knowledge Base. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, 8(1), 35-60
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating Interventions That Can Support a Career-Oriented Recovery for Young Adults: Building on the Supported Education Knowledge Base
2021 (English)In: Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, ISSN 2198-9834, E-ISSN 2198-963X, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 35-60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Young adults experiencing mental health problems are less educated than their peers, putting them in a more vulnerable position for employment and career possibilities. While Supported employment models have been widely implemented, educational supports may be necessary in order to contribute to longer term and sustainable employment. The aim of this study was to describe the state of current research regarding Supported education services for individuals with mental health problems, with a particular focus on studies that address both educational and vocational goals. A scoping review of articles published between 2000 and July 2020 was conducted. Eight databases were searched, titles/abstracts and full-text articles were reviewed for inclusion. The results, which built on 56 included articles, were analysed both descriptively and thematically. The results suggest that the focus in the literature has primarily been on adapting and implementing models for the needs of different populations and contexts. Many of these build on integrated models focusing on both vocational and educational needs. Despite addressing varied populations and working in varied contexts, it is possible to identify a number of essential components when delivering educational support. The review suggests a need to look at work and studies as equally important from a career development perspective. The knowledge base developed through studying supported education services and the educational components of newly emerging services, can contribute to the further development of integrated models for young adults.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2021
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-175540 (URN)10.1007/s40737-020-00197-2 (DOI)2-s2.0-85105599456 (Scopus ID)
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2020-10-02 Created: 2020-10-02 Last updated: 2022-10-12Bibliographically approved
Principal InvestigatorRosenberg, David
Coordinating organisation
Umeå University
2017-01-01 - 2019-12-31
National Category
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DiVA, id: project:705Project, id: 2016-00946_Forte

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