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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2008 Sep;35(5):357-69. doi: 10.1007/s10488-008-0176-9. Epub 2008 Jun 14.

Results of an innovative university-based recovery education program for adults with psychiatric disabilities.

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  • 1Education Development Center Inc., Center for College Health and Safety, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060, USA.


This study examined the effectiveness of an educational approach to psychiatric rehabilitation called the Recovery Center. Using a quasi-experimental design we recruited 97 intervention and 81 comparison participants and examined the intervention's impact on health, mental health, subjective, and role functioning outcomes. Results suggested that this intervention was effective in improving subjective outcomes, especially empowerment and recovery attitudes, both of which received primary emphasis in the intervention. The Recovery Center, which integrates a bio-psychosocial framework with psycho-educational interventions shows promise as a complement to traditional mental health services in developing readiness for rehabilitation and promoting recovery among individuals with severe psychiatric disabilities.

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