Employment Prospects of Young Adults With Mental Disorders

Isabel Baumann 1 , Szilvia Altwicker-Hámori 2 , Sibylle Juvalta 2 , Niklas Baer 3 , Ulrich Frick 4 , and Peter Rüesch 2
  • 1 Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research “Overcoming Vulnerabilities: Life Course Perspectives” (NCCR LIVES), Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, CH-8400, Winterthur
  • 2 Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, , CH-8400, Winterthur
  • 3 Office for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Services Baselland, , CH-4410, Liestal
  • 4 HSD University of Applied Sciences, , D-50676, Cologne


We examine how type of diagnosis, educational trajectories and educational qualifications affect the employment prospects of young adults with mental disorders. We draw on a novel dataset based on data from the Swiss Federal Social Insurance Office. Our analysis shows that individuals with mental disorders that typically have an onset in early childhood, those who experience educational trajectories including special needs education, and those attaining higher levels of qualification are more likely to be employed in early adulthood.

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