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Title: An ecological exploration of personal recovery in the context of severe mental illness
Author: Spencer, Matt
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 7387
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2013
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This study had two objectives: to develop an ecological understanding of personal recovery in the context of severe mental illness (SMI) with a UK-based sample, and to develop a model of the discovery of hope and meaning in recovery, and relevant helping and hindering factors. A grounded theory methodology was employed as a framework for collecting and analysing qualitative data. The study provides an emergent ecological model of growth in the context of personal recovery incorporating seven theoretical categories including; prevailing contexts, the importance of relationships, purposeful goals, values-commitment, emerging self-efficacy, wellness experience, and tangible and intangible hope. The emergent model provides a novel understanding of the individual, ecological and interactional factors facilitating the discovery of hope and meaning in life. It is anticipated that such findings will benefit the provision of statutory and peer-run mental health services, and support further research into growth in the context of SMI.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF0636 Applied psychology ; RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention