Journal article

The Contribution of Employment Duration to 18-Month Neurocognitive Outcomes in First-Episode Psychosis

George J Karambelas, Kelly A Allott, Eoin Killackey, John Farhall, Sue M Cotton



OBJECTIVE: Increased employment duration has been associated with change in performance on specific neurocognitive domains in populations with schizophrenia, but not in first-episode psychosis. The aim of this exploratory study was to examine whether employment duration over 18 months is associated with neurocognitive outcomes over 18 months among individuals with first-episode psychosis. METHOD: Eighty-eight young people with first-episode psychosis completed a neurocognitive battery at baseline and 18 months. Setwise (hierarchical) multivariate linear regressions were used to examine predictors of change in neurocognitive performance over 18 months. Total hours employed over 18 months were..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowships

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank all the participants for taking part in the study and providing the data that made this research possible. This work was supported by Australian Rotary Health; the Australian Research Council (Grant LP0883273); Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health; a University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Ronald Philip Griffiths Fellowships to Kelly A. Allott and National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowships to Eoin Killackey (Grant APP1051891) and S.C. (Grant APP1061998).