Mental illness is a major challenge in western societies. It constitutes a tremendous burden on global economy and is costly in terms of human suffering and societal expense. The project Social inclusion, interaction and mental illness studies interaction involving persons with schizophrenia, targeting the issue of social inclusion.
Research data consist of video-recorded interactions and ethnographic data from a non-governmental organization. The project combines qualitative and quantitative methods. Mental health service users have an important role in the design and conduct of the project.
The project has three sub-projects: 1) Interactional experience of empowerment, 2) Participation in joint decision-making, and 3) Social obstacles on the way to employment.
The project provides new insight about interaction with persons with schizophrenia, and is applicable in developing psychosocial rehabilitation and job-opportunities for persons with partial work ability.