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October 2021

Recovery as a psychological construct

Author(s): Giffort, D., Rashid, F., Leary, M., Okeke, I.

Journal/Book: Community Ment Health J. 1999; 35: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013-1578, USA. Human Sci Press Inc. 231-239.

Abstract: Mental health advocates have proposed recovery as a vision for severe mental illness. The purpose of this study is to examine psychometric characteristics of a measure of the psychological construct. Thirty-five participants in a partial hospitalization program were administered the Recovery Scale and measures of quality of life, social support, self-esteem, consumer empowerment, psychiatric symptoms, needs and resources, global functioning, and verbal intelligence. Results showed the scale to have satisfactory test-retest reliability and internal consistency. Analysis of the concurrent validity of the Recovery Scale showed recovery to be positively associated with self-esteem, empowerment, social support, and quality of life. It was inversely associated with psychiatric symptoms and age. Implications of these findings for a psychological model of recovery are discussed.

Note: Article Corrigan PW, Univ Chicago, Ctr Psychiat Rehabil, 7230 Arbor Dr, Tinley Pk,IL 60477 USA

Keyword(s): SEVERELY MENTALLY-ILL; QUALITY-OF-LIFE; EMPOWERMENT; INTERVIEW; SUPPORT; ILLNESS; ADULTS


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