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The role of supported employment agencies in promoting health of people with ID [Abstract]

Vigna, Elisa, Beyer, Stephen Richard and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2010. The role of supported employment agencies in promoting health of people with ID [Abstract]. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 23 (5) , p. 447. 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00584.x

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Abstract

Aim: This study examines the role of supported employment agencies in promoting health of people with ID in real jobs. The research approach is novel, focusing on agency support strategies used to prevent high risk behaviours and promote access to company health promotion activities. Method: A web questionnaire was sent to 300 UK supported employment agencies. The activities of assessing, training and ongoing support were evaluated in the light of health and well-being promotion initiatives. The survey evaluates the agency’s awareness of the problems of people with ID (eating habits, smoking, alcohol misuse, abuse of drugs, social difficulties). Coping strategies used by agencies to address health problems were investigated. Results: The paper describes levels of awareness of health among supported employment agencies, the health issues workers face, the kinds of health promotion assistance agencies delivered directly, and with employers and the extent to which supported employment agencies play a mediating role in health promotion at work. Conclusion: The paper identifies implications for agencies in improving their role as mediators in promoting healthy lifestyles for employees with ID, as required by recent UK government policy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Additional Information: Abstracts of the Third International Conference of IASSID-Europe, 20-22 October, 2010, Rome
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 1468-3148
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 21:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18839

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