In China, Higher Employment for People With a Schizophrenia Diagnosis Living in Rural Areas


Researchers in China find that people with a schizophrenia diagnosis were more than three times more likely to be employed if living in a rural vs. an urban environment. There was no difference in impairment due to symptoms between the rural and urban populations. The study, consisting of a large community-based sample representing 12% of China’s population, appeared online in the British Journal of Psychiatry on December 20, 2012.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].