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Social relationships as a decisive factor in recovering from severe mental illness
Department of Social Work, Stockholm University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3866-5636
Research and Development Unit, Psychiatry, SLSO, Stockholm South, Sweden.
Department of Social Work, Stockholm University, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 4, no 55, 336-347 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Recovery research often describes recovery from mental illness as a complex individual process. In this article a social perspective on recovery is developed.

Aims: To ascertain which factors people regard as decisive to their own recovery and what makes them beneficial.

Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 58 persons in Sweden who had recovered from severe mental illness. Interviews were qualitatively analyzed using grounded theory.

Results: Three dimensions of contributing recovery factors were identified. Social relationships emerged as the core category throughout these dimensions.

Conclusions: The results show that recovery processes are social processes in which social relationships play a key role.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 4, no 55, 336-347 p.
Keyword [en]
recovery; mental illness; contributing factors; social relationships
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-15205DOI: 10.1177/0020764008093686ISI: 000267323900004PubMedID: 19553363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-15205DiVA: diva2:744361
Available from: 2009-12-14 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2015-08-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Kvinnors och mäns återhämtning från psykisk ohälsa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kvinnors och mäns återhämtning från psykisk ohälsa
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim with this thesis is to describe and analyze women’s and men’s recovery processes. More specifically, the aim is to determine what women and men with experience of mental illness describe as contributing to the personal recovery process. The point of departure for the studies was 30 in-depth interviews conducted with 15 men and 15 women. The selection of interview subjects was limited to individuals who had been treated in 24-hour psychiatric care and diagnosed as having schizophrenia, psychosis, a personality disorder, or a bipolar disorder.

 

Four studies have been carried.  Study 1 was a baseline article that examined what people in recovery from mental illness outline as facilitating factors to their recovery. The results that emerged from that study indicated areas for further analysis to condense the understanding of the recovery process. In study 2 the similarities and the differences in recovery described by women and men were examined. In Study 3 women’s and men’s meaning-making with reference to severe mental illness facilitate the recovery process were studied. The forth study explored how peer-support contribute to women’s and men’s recovery from mental illness.

 

The results emphasize recovery from mental illness as a social process in which relationships play a key role in creating new identities beside the mental illness. For a majority of the participants meeting peers facilitated the recovery process. The participants described how peer support meant an end to isolation and became an arena for identification, connection, and being important to others. Throughout these recovery processes the impact of gender has been emphasized. The results from this thesis provide new insight into gender as an important factor in understanding the recovery processes. The results from the four studies emphasize the mental patient, the psychiatric interventions and the individual recovery strategies as being influenced by gender constructions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för socialt arbete, Stockholms universitet, 2009. 170 p.
Series
Rapport i socialt arbete, ISSN 0281-6288 ; 130
Keyword
recovery, mental illness, gender, peer-support, meaning
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-15211 (URN)978-91-7155-795-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-05-15, Aula Svea, Sveavägen 160, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2014-10-03 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2015-08-24Bibliographically approved

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