Some Recovery Processes in Mutual-Help Groups for Persons with Mental Illness; II: Qualitative Analysis of Participant Interviews
ABSTRACT Previous research suggests that consumer operated services facilitate recovery from serious mental illness. In part I of this series, we analyzed the content of the GROW program, one example of a consumer operated service, and identified several processes that Growers believe assists in recovery. In this paper, we review the qualitative interviews of 57 Growers to determine what actual participants in GROW acknowledge are important processes for recovery. We also used the interviews to identify the elements of recovery according to these Growers. Growers identified self-reliance, industriousness, and self-esteem as key ingredients of recovery. Recovery was distinguished into a process-an ongoing life experience-versus an outcome, a feeling of being cured or having overcome the disorder. The most prominent element of GROW that facilitated recovery was the support of peers. Gaining a sense of personal value was also fostered by GROW and believed to be important for recovery. The paper ends with a discussion of the implications of these findings for the ongoing development of consumer operated services and their impact on recovery.
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ABSTRACT: Mental health self-help (MHSH) refers to any mutual support-oriented initiative directed by people with mental illness or their family members. These initiatives have become increasingly widespread over the years and today MHSH initiatives outnumber traditional mental health organizations in the United States (Goldstrom et al., 2006). The goal of this book is to provide research-based insight into the development of effective MHSH initiatives. This chapter explores the defining characteristics of MHSH and reviews its historical development. Building on this foundation, the chapter examines several factors contributing to the growth and popularity of MHSH, along with an exploration of factors impeding the use of MHSH. Following is a discussion of future directions for research and practice. Finally, the chapter provides a summary of the topics covered by each subsequent chapter.08/2010: pages 1-15;
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ABSTRACT: Mental health consumer-run organizations (CROs) are a heterogeneous group of recovery-oriented settings founded on peer support and mutual aid. This chapter focuses on consumer-run organizations in Kansas. The discussion begins with the history of the consumer movement on a national level, followed by the history of CROs in Kansas. The next section consists of an in-depth commentary about the collaborative relationship between the Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) and Kansas CROs and is followed by a brief overview of research studies conducted by CCSR to assess impact and capacity needs of CROs. The chapter concludes with a focus on the future of CROs and the future of the consumer movement in Kansas.12/2009: pages 287-300;
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ABSTRACT: In deciding whether or not to collaborate with one another in a research partnership, researchers and members of mental health self-help (MHSH) initiatives should address several questions. What values will underlie the partnership? How will power be shared? What will the focus of the research be? What type of knowledge will be sought? How will the knowledge be used? What roles will the different partners play? In this chapter, we present a theoretical framework that aims to clarify how researchers and mental health self-helpers might answer these questions as they co-construct a research project. The framework consists of six elements: (a) values, (b) participation and power-sharing, (c) social programming, (d) knowledge construction, (e) knowledge utilization, and (f) practice. For each element, we discuss the main issues; we illustrate these issues with examples from both our work and that of others; and we note lessons learned and provide recommendations for future research and evaluation with MHSH initiatives. KeywordsParticipatory action research-Evaluation-Values12/2009: pages 39-58;