Managing disclosure of personal information: an opportunity to enhance supported employment

Hielscher, Emily and Waghorn, Geoffrey (2015) Managing disclosure of personal information: an opportunity to enhance supported employment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38 4: 306-313. doi:10.1037/prj0000127

Author Hielscher, Emily
Waghorn, Geoffrey
Title Managing disclosure of personal information: an opportunity to enhance supported employment
Journal name Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-158X
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/prj0000127
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 306
End page 313
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To first provide an overview of studies that explore mental health disclosure in the workplace; including factors that influence the decision to disclose, and differing approaches to disclosure (binary, multidimensional, and evolving and ongoing). Second, to provide a critical overview of existing tools designed to help clients manage their mental health disclosure decisions. Method: Electronic searches of PubMed, PsycINFO and ScienceDirect were undertaken, excluding all articles published prior to 1990. The following search terms were used: mental health disclosure, employment, severe and persistent mental illness, psychosis, schizophrenia, supported employment, individual placement and support (IPS). Results: We found that mental health disclosure involves a complex decision-making process, and yet clients of IPS supported employment are currently provided with little structured guidance on how to manage their personal information in the workplace. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: More extensive investigations are required of existing mental health disclosure tools before they can be developed into a standardized intervention for practitioners. However, preliminary evidence suggests that facilitating better disclosure decisions and management of personal information is a promising area of future research. This line of investigation is likely to find ways to enhance competitive employment outcomes in supported employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Keyword Mental health disclosure
Managing personal information
Supported employment
Psychiatric disability
Severe and persistent mental illness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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