Motivation for Work and School:

Assessing the impact of schizophrenia and related factors.

Studies show that lack of motivation for individuals with early-onset schizophrenia significantly predicts poorer work and school outcomes. Family support and expressed emotion have both been found to be essential factors in the success of employment and school for those experiencing a recent onset of schizophrenia. There is a lack of research, however, investigating the impact of parenting styles on schizophrenia and academic/employment outcomes.



This study aimed to: 1) examine factors previously found to be related to work and school outcomes in recent-onset schizophrenia (e.g. stigma, family support) and 2) determine barriers and facilitators of motivation for work and school.


Forty participants diagnosed with schizophrenia within the last five years were recruited from two Boston-area first episode psychosis programs. Participants spent about one hour and fifteen minutes with a clinician completing an audio-taped qualitative interview regarding motivation and a series of self and clinician-rated standardized measures, which assessed psychiatric symptoms, experiences of stigma, psychosocial functioning, and levels of parental support.


Manuscript writing is currently underway. We will formally share our findings once a manuscript has been accepted for publication.


Corinne Cather, PhD


Kim Mueser, PhD


Additional Collaborators

Oyenik Balgun-Mwangi, PhD; Nicole DeTore, PhD (Principal Investigator); Miriam Tepper, MD; Zlatka Russinova, PhD.


Funding for this project was provided by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and the MGH COE/Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.