Audrey Couture

Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

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Publications (5)5.96 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to explore the meaning of recovery from the perspectives of consumers receiving mental health services in Canada. Sixty semi-structured interviews were conducted with 54 mental health consumers in Montreal, Québec City and Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario. Two contrasting meanings of recovery emerged. The first definition strongly attached recovery to illness while the second definition linked recovery to self-determination and taking responsibility for life. The prominence of biomedical definitions of recovery suggests the need to find common ground between these two perspectives, if conceptualizations of recovery are to include the views of consumers who routinely experience the mental health system.
    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 02/2009; 32(3):199-207. DOI:10.2975/32.3.2009.199.207 · 1.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the housing preferences of a representative sample of consumers with serious mental illness living in seven types of housing in Montreal, Quebec, and compared these with their case managers' housing preferences for them. An inventory of all housing for this population was developed in consultation with administrators of three psychiatric hospitals and the regional health board. The inventory included seven categories: housing in a hospital setting, hostels, group homes, foster homes, supervised apartments, social housing (low-income housing or cooperative), and private rooming homes. A stratified random sample of 48 consumers was selected in each category. In all, 315 consumers and their case managers completed the Consumer Housing Preference Survey. Most consumers preferred living in housing that offered them more autonomy than the housing in which they were currently living. Case managers preferred housing that offered some structure, such as supervised apartments. Forty-four percent of consumers preferred to live in their own apartment. More than a third of consumers preferred to live in their current housing. When evaluating housing preferences, it is important to elicit the viewpoints of mental health consumers as well as their case managers. Special attention should be given to the type of housing where consumers currently live. A variety of housing, not just autonomous housing, is needed to meet the specific housing preferences of individuals with serious mental illness.
    Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.) 10/2008; 59(9):1011-7. DOI:10.1176/ · 2.81 Impact Factor
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    Myra Piat, Judith Sabetti, Audrey Couture
    Psychiatric Services 05/2008; 59(4):446-7. DOI:10.1176/ · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents the results of an exploratory study on housing preferences of 315 people with serious mental illness living in seven types of housing in Montreal. The overall portrait that emerged from the study revealed that 22,0 % of the participants prefer to live in their own apartment, 16,0 % in HLM or OSBL, 14,1 % in a supervised apartment, and 11,5 % in a foster home. In addition, 31,7 % prefer the type of housing they were living in at the time of the study. The authors conclude that a variety of housing resources are necessary to meet the diverse needs of consumers.
    Sante mentale au Quebec 02/2008; 33(2):247-69.
  • Sante mentale au Quebec 01/2008; 33(2):247. DOI:10.7202/019677ar