Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness

Pages: 282
Item #: 4316038
ISBN: 978-1-59147-163-9
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

In the early 20th century, when the course of serious illness was first described, scientists offered little hope of recovery for people diagnosed with illnesses like schizophrenia. They were told to expect only continuing psychotic symptoms and progressive dementia and were given no hope of working and living independently. Since then, research has suggested more positive outcomes. In this volume, aimed at clinicians and advocates for the seriously mentally ill, Ruth O. Ralph and Patrick W. Corrigan bring together the available data on the phenomenon of recovery and suggest that various degrees of recovery are more realistic than commonly thought.

Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening our Understanding of Wellness explores what recovery means from various perspectives, including sociological models as well as qualitative studies that incorporate mental health consumers' subjective experiences. The mental health professional seeking to better understand the nature of recovery as well as what interventions and services might enhance well being and quality of life, will find a rich and nuanced discussion of recovery as process, outcome, and natural occurrence, and an examination of evidence-based services as well as consumer-endorsed practices that may not be measurable by traditional quantitative methodologies. Researchers will be challenged to develop innovative approaches to studying this complex and exciting phenomenon.

Table of Contents



I. Overview of Recovery

  1. Introduction: Recovery as Consumer Vision and Research Paradigm
    Patrick W. Corrigan and Ruth O. Ralph
  2. Research Methods for Exploring and Assessing Recovery
    David Loveland, Katie Weaver Randall, and Patrick W. Corrigan

II. Models of Recovery

  1. Beyond Dementia Praecox: Findings From Long-Term Follow-Up Studies of Schizophrenia
    Joseph D. Calabrese and Patrick W. Corrigan
  2. Sociological Models of Recovery
    Fred E. Markowitz
  3. Recovery From Schizophrenia: A Criterion-Based Definition
    Robert P. Liberman and Alex Kopelowicz
  4. Verbal Definitions and Visual Models of Recovery: Focus on the Recovery Model
    Ruth O. Ralph
  5. Qualitative Studies of Recovery: What Can We Learn From the Person?
    Larry Davidson, David Sells, Stephanie Sangster, and Maria O'Connell

III. Diversity and Recovery

  1. Mutual-Help Groups and Recovery: The Influence of Settings on Participants' Experience of Recovery
    Katie Weaver Randall and Deborah Salem
  2. Daring to Pick Up Pieces in the Puzzle: A Consumer–Survivor Model of Healing From Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Mary Jane Alexander, Kristina Muenzenmaier, Jeanne Dumont, and Mary Auslander
  3. Recovery From Addiction and From Mental Illness: Shared and Contrasting Lessons
    William White, Michael Boyle, and David Loveland

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Reviews & Awards

Kudos to the editors and contributors of this book, as they have provided a substantial contribution that focuses on hope rather than despair and negativity for prognosis. Clinicians: make room on your bookshelf now.
—Doody Enterprises, Inc.

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