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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2003 Jul;73(3):334-44.

Beyond coping with mental illness: toward personal growth.

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School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. ghanoch@bezeqint.net

Abstract

This study focused on the active attempts of individuals with severe mental illness to make sense of their disorders and initiate processes of personal growth. The findings are based on bimonthly comprehensive assessments conducted over a 1-year period with 43 persons who were hospitalized for schizophrenia and related disorders. Results reveal that living with severe mental illness may also generate processes of growth and change. Clinical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.

PMID:
12921214
DOI:
10.1037/0002-9432.73.3.334
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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