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  • Lillqvist, Miranda (2019)
    Aims. Previous research shows that attitudes towards mental illness are to some extent negative and that stigmatization and discrimination exist, therefore a majority of the one´s who suffer from mental illness choose not to reveal their condition. Employees suffering from mental illness have a greater risk of losing their jobs, have worse career opportunities and are in the risk zone of being bullied or even left as an outcast. The aim of this study was to identify different attitudes towards mentally ill employees in Finland and Sweden, how these attitudes affect their everyday working life and if research indicates a change of attitudes over time. Methods. I chose to demarcate this thesis on studies on attitudes towards mental illnesses among employees in Finland and Sweden, published between 2012 and 2017. The material was retrieved from various databases including Google Scholar, Helda, Helka and Julkari and the searches were made in Swedish, Finnish and English. The keywords I used were: mental illness, mental health, attitudes, working life, stigma, psykisk ohälsa, psykisk hälsa, attityder, arbetsliv, mielenterveys, asenteet and työelämä. Results and conclusions. The results of this study show that stigmatization and negative attitudes towards mental illness within the working life are prevalent both in Finland and Sweden. Yet, the general awareness of mental illness is relatively high and the supportive discussion about the subject is improving in organizations. However, the majority of mentally ill employees in rehab, executives and the general population considered that in situations where an employee is mentally ill, and the employer knows about it, there might be a risk of a lower status or maybe even a loss of an employment. The career prospects for employees with mental illness are limited, because of an unwillingness to hire or keep an employee suffering from mental illness. Employers who have previous experience of employees with mental illnesses are more willing to hire people who have or have had a mental illness. The attitudes of the employers and colleagues turned out to have a major impact on the affected person, and the support was considered extremely important. The fear of stigmatization, special treatment and the potential loss of employment leads to a concealment of the condition for the majority of the affected. Although the results show that the attitudes towards mental illness in the working life have improved over time, unfortunately negative attitudes and stigmatization still exists.
  • Parman, Marlene (2018)
    The purpose of this research is to examine the experiences and views of university students on the working life competence. The purpose is to clarify what kind of working life competence can students get in their study programme. Furthermore, it is intended to survey what kind of working life competence the students experience that they are needing and what kind of development proposals they have. The students´ views are compared with earlier studies and definitions of the general working life competence. Finally new development lines are thought about to the contents and realisation of the training programme so that studies could offer the necessary lunches to the working life. The study was carried out as a qualitative study. Theme interviews of three university students were used of the material of the study. All the interviewees are students of the Master of Arts stage from the same training programme. All the interviewees had different experiences of the studying through practical training as well as exchange studying. The collected material was analysed on a content analysis. On the basis of the research results the students experienced that they had got a swarm of different working life competence of their studies. They believed that they will need and make use of these skills in the working life in different assignments. On the other hand, the students also experienced that they don´t get all usefull working life competence of the content of their study programme. The students would have wanted more teaching about performance skills and the IT skills in their studies. Furthermore, the students would want more work orientation and practice vicinity to their studies. On the basis of the research results working life cooperation should be added to academic education. Also teaching should be developed in a direction which would prepare students to the future working life.