Perspectives on recovery in psychosis

Margaret Hampson, Bruce D. Watt, Richard E. Hicks

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This paper explores the concept of recovery in relation to people living with psychosis. Previous studies have examined recovery from the perspectives of clinicians and people living with psychosis. This article examines perceptions of recovery among multiple stakeholder groups.

Research Design and Method: The study used data from a large Australian qualitative study which investigated employment barriers and support needs of people living with psychosis. The sample comprised 137 participants drawn from six key stakeholder groups: people living with psychosis; care-givers; health professionals; employers; employment consultants; and community members. Data gathered during 14 focus groups and 31 individual interviews were imported into NVivo 10 and analyzed using thematic analysis.

Results: Five themes were identified in relation to the perceived meaning of recovery in psychosis: symptomatic relief; a contented life; a meaningful life; a contributing life and functional improvement.

Conclusions: The findings highlight the diverse perceptions that exist among stakeholders regarding what constitutes recovery in psychosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Recovery in Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2018


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