Work-related self-efficacy among community residents with psychiatric disabilities

Psychiatr Rehabil J. Fall 2005;29(2):105-113. doi: 10.2975/29.2005.105.113.


A new measure of work-related self-efficacy for people with psychiatric disabilities is reported. The 37-item scale measures self-efficacy in four relevant activity domains: (1) vocational service access and career planning, (2) job acquisition, (3) work-related social skills, and (4) general work skills. The scale was developed in a 12-month longitudinal survey of urban residents diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (n=104). Results indicate validity of both a four-factor structure differentiating four core skill domains, and a single factor representing total work-related self-efficacy. The favorable psychometric properties support further research and trial applications in supported employment and psychiatric vocational rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Community Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Demography
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Employment, Supported / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychotic Disorders / therapy
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia / therapy
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population