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The role of self-help groups in promoting self-confidence and hope for the future among people on sick leave in Norway: The importance of educational level
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2867-8537
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. Levanger Hospital, Nord-Trøndelag Hospital Trust, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6558-3129
Nord University, Levanger, Norway; NTNU.
2020 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 65, no 3, p. 617-623Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: Vocational rehabilitation is important for supporting long-term sick-listed employees in returning to work or continuing in working life. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse self-confidence and hope for the future among people on sick leave in Norway who joined a self-help group, with a special focus on the importance of educational level. METHODS: 109 persons who completed a 20-week program at a rehabilitation centre in the middle of Norway during the years 2007-2012 answered questions related to the importance of emotions as either motivating or discouraging forces influencing the individual's return to work. The response rate was 52 percent. RESULTS: Eighty-five percent of participants who joined a self-help group stated that the group helped them to tackle everyday life better than before. Low-educated participants in the self-help group, to a greater extent than high-educated, stated that the self-help group had increased their self-confidence and hope for the future. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: Most of those who participated in the self-help group stated that joining a group increased their self-confidence and hope for the future. Motivational factors, such as hope for the future and self-confidence, can be important factors in the rehabilitation process, as they can enhance sick people's motivation to participate in rehabilitation and re-think their future prospects of returning to work.

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2020. Vol. 65, no 3, p. 617-623
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Mental illness, psychological processes, vocational rehabilitation
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38772DOI: 10.3233/WOR-203116ISI: 000521640300015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85082147153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38772DiVA, id: diva2:1420944
Available from: 2020-04-01 Created: 2020-04-01 Last updated: 2020-06-05Bibliographically approved

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