Social relationships as a decisive factor in recovering from severe mental illness
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 4, no 55, 336-347 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Recovery research often describes recovery from mental illness as a complex individual process. In this article a social perspective on recovery is developed.
Aims: To ascertain which factors people regard as decisive to their own recovery and what makes them beneficial.
Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 58 persons in Sweden who had recovered from severe mental illness. Interviews were qualitatively analyzed using grounded theory.
Results: Three dimensions of contributing recovery factors were identified. Social relationships emerged as the core category throughout these dimensions.
Conclusions: The results show that recovery processes are social processes in which social relationships play a key role.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 4, no 55, 336-347 p.
recovery, mental illness, contributing factors, social relationships
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32606DOI: 10.1177/0020764008093686ISI: 000267323900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-32606DiVA: diva2:281096