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Psychisch Kranke im SGB II: Situation und Betreuung



"Based on current research in Germany, about one third of the population aged 18-79 experiences a mental disorder in the course of one year. Mental disorders are often accompanied by serious impairments in psychosocial functioning, which complicate the participation in different aspects of life. Therefore, mental disorders are frequently linked to adverse effects on the employment situation of persons affected. This is also reflected in the fact that the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses is significantly higher in unemployed SGB II (Zweites Buch Sozialgesetzbuch - Social Code II) recipients than in employed persons. In recent years, a considerable increase of the proportion of persons with mental impairments among the SGB-II-recipients has been found.
The current study pursued two core objectives. On the one hand, the situation of persons with mental disorders in the SGB II was investigated. This investigation focused specifically on the biographical experiences of persons concerned with their mental disorder and with employment or unemployment. Moreover, we examined the expectations mentally ill SGB-II-recipients have for counseling and support and the previous experiences they had at the job centers.
On the other hand, a central focus of the study was the characteristics of concrete case processing and the special support of mentally ill SGB-II-recipients provided by job centers, as well as by institutions of psychiatric and psychosocial health care. Amongst others, the questions examined were, how the specialists in the job centers recognize mental disorders, which counseling and support strategies they pursue, what offers for funding and support they consider to be most appropriate for mentally ill SGB-II-recipients, and what challenges they are confronted with by counseling and supporting mentally ill SGB-II-recipients." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))


  • Oschmiansky, Frank
  • Popp, Sandra
  • Riedel-Heller, Steffi
  • Schwarzbach, Michaela
  • Gühne, Uta
  • Kupka, Peter

Bibliographical information

Oschmiansky, Frank; Popp, Sandra; Riedel-Heller, Steffi; Schwarzbach, Michaela; Gühne, Uta; Kupka, Peter (2017): Psychisch Kranke im SGB II: Situation und Betreuung. (IAB-Forschungsbericht, 14/2017), Nürnberg, 257 p.