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Visie op een betekenis van het begrip ‘Herstel’ voor mensen met langdurige psychiatrische klachten

Menz, Alexandra (2015) Visie op een betekenis van het begrip ‘Herstel’ voor mensen met langdurige psychiatrische klachten.

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Abstract:There are different theories and approaches in the science of the processes involved in recovering from a mental illness. Wilken (2010) conducted a meta-analysis of 26 studies on recovering from a mental illness and found five factors that are essential for recovery: Motivation for recovery (factor 1), developing identity (factor 2) acquiring skills (factor 3), social inclusion and integration into society (factor 4) and the supportive resources (factor 5). With these generally valid factors, Wilken (2010) reached a high level of abstraction. To date there has not been enough research to determine whether those factors can be translated back to and are valid for individual recovery stories of people with chronic psychiatric diseases. To gain new insights about the validity of the factors, semi-structured interviews were conducted around the recovery story for people with chronic mental illnesses. The first factor of Wilken (2010), the motivation for recovery, is only touched briefly. In this qualitative study peoples’ thoughts on recovery and how the factors of Wilken (2010) match the individual steps to recovery are examined via interviews. To ensure that the analysis stays as close to the actual feedback given in the interviews, a number of quotations are used. The study shows that, despite the three recovery stories being very different, almost all of Wilken’s (2010) factors, with some exceptions, occur in each recovery story of the participants. The conclusion that the generally valid factors found by Wilken (2010) also fit in the recovery stories of people with chronic psychiatric problems is obvious. Especially regaining of independence and expanding (social-) skills are very apparent. Only the fifth factor is not that apparent in the recovery stories. Possible explanations can be found in the composition of the group of participants and the set of questions of the interview. A follow-up study should be considered to determine whether the factors that didn’t fully emerge in this study materialise in a different group of individuals with similar mental illnesses and how the factors appear in an entirely different group of mental illnesses. Also, the interview would have to be adapted for this purpose in order to obtain more information on the missing factors.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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