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*Ilana Duvdevany is a senior lecturer, Head of the B.A. Program, School of Social Work, Faculty of Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel. @ mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Keren Or-Chen is a lecturer in the School of Social Work, Faculty of Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel.
*Orit Zuker is a social worker in the rehabilitation department, Ministry of Defense, Government of Israel.
The goal of the research study reported in this paper was to examine the centrality of occupational status, hope, and social support in the rehabilitation process of psychiatrically disabled persons who live in a community. Ninety individuals living in community settings in the northern part of Israel participated in the study. Five scales were used. Significant positive correlations were found between employment and hope, and social support and hope. A multiple regression model of the stepwise type for the prediction of severity of illness as a mediator variable was found to be significant. The results emphasize the importance of social support and supportive employment as major factors in promoting the process of successful rehabilitation in a community. Policy makers should thus promote community programs that encourage social contacts and foster hope.
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