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ERIC Number: EJ827507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Understanding the Phases of Recovery from Serious Mental Illness: The Roles of Referent and Expert Power in a Mutual-Help Setting
Beeble, Marisa L.; Salem, Deborah A.
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n2 p249-267 Mar 2009
This study explored an approach to studying recovery that is sensitive to the multiphase and contextual nature of the recovery process. The authors focused on the experience of recovery in a mutual-help group, Schizophrenics Anonymous (SA). Prior qualitative research conducted with SA revealed that SA participants experience four phases of recovery: (a) mourning and grief, (b) awareness and recognition, (c) redefinition and transformation, and (d) enhanced well-being and quality of life. Surveying a national sample of SA participants, they explored whether these four phases were predicted by different change mechanisms (i.e., referent and expert power) within SA and whether these mechanisms varied according to participants' role in the organization. Referent and expert power were found to differentially relate to the phases of recovery for members and leaders. They conclude that our understanding of the processes and contexts that facilitate recovery can be enhanced by using recovery models that are setting-specific and reflect the multifaceted nature of the recovery process. (Contains 2 tables and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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