BACKGROUND: Self-motivation, subjective norms, and support of social network are central factors in supported employment.
OBJECTIVE: To measure these factors a short questionnaire was developed and tested.
METHODS: 116 people with mental illness were enrolled.
RESULTS: In the present study we found that self-motivation was high; 98% of the consumers think competitive employment is important or very important. The perceived motivation of the social network was also high, but significantly lower than self-motivation. Furthermore, the consumers assume that their social network supports their desire to work.
CONCLUSION: People with mental illness are motivated to work, they are not idle.