The Phenomenological Study on the Employment Experiences of People with Psychiatric Disabilities

정신장애인의 취업경험에 관한 현상학적 연구

  • Received : 2009.09.30
  • Accepted : 2009.11.18
  • Published : 2010.02.28


This study aims at exploring the employment experiences of people with psychiatric disabilities who look for job and work at workplace through deeply searching that of people with psychiatric disabilities from the point of their view. So this research shows how their employment experiences appears in our country and also what kind of meaning that gives to people with psychiatric disabilities. The Main question of this study is what the meaning and essence of employment experiences of people with psychiatric disabilities is. The qualitative research method was taken for widely understanding and lively writing employment experiences of people with psychiatric disabilities in the connection of their lives. Especially, it was set that phenomenological research methods introduced by Colaizzi's, which can be used for understanding the essential meaning of the experiences of research participants. The major themes could be analyzed as "Entering a narrow door", "Being raised on an unfamiliar stage", "Confusing in the fast world", "Enduring", "Adjusting to an ordinary life", and "Taking a step forward admitting their limitation". These are connected not in the state of independence state but dependence according to time flow. In this study the people with psychiatric disabilities in relation to employment are compared to salmons running back in a wild river. People with psychiatric disabilities have power through running back in their employment and lives like a long river. Even though there are difficulty things, they actively try to flow together with other people as mature people in our society. This research helps to make strategies of employment supports for people with psychiatric disabilities through their employment experiences.


people with psychiatric disabilities;employment;phenomenological research