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Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Feb;60(2):246-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.60.2.246.

Initial outcomes of a mental illness self-management program based on wellness recovery action planning.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1601 W. Taylor St., 4th Floor, M/C 912, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. cook@ripco.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined changes in psychosocial outcomes among participants in an eight-week, peer-led, mental illness self-management intervention called Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP).

METHODS:

Eighty individuals with serious mental illness at five Ohio sites completed telephone interviews at baseline and one month after the intervention.

RESULTS:

Paired t tests of pre- and postintervention scores revealed significant improvement in self-reported symptoms, recovery, hopefulness, self-advocacy, and physical health; empowerment decreased significantly and no significant changes were observed in social support. Those attending six or more sessions showed greater improvement than those attending fewer sessions.

CONCLUSIONS:

These promising early results suggest that further research on this intervention is warranted. Confirmation of the efficacy and effectiveness of peer-led self-management has the potential to enhance self-determination and promote recovery for people with psychiatric disabilities.

PMID:
19176420
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