Quantitative relationship between recovery and benefit-finding among persons with chronic mental illness in Japan.

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Summary of "Quantitative relationship between recovery and benefit-finding among persons with chronic mental illness in Japan."

This study quantitatively examined the association between recovery and benefit-finding among persons with a chronic mental illness in Japan. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted, with responses from 237 (74%) of 319 individuals (≥ 20 years old) with a chronic mental illness in community and inpatient ward settings. The data of 120 questionnaires were analyzed (men, 64%; average age, 41 years). The questionnaire included the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) and Self-identified Stage of Recovery Parts A and B (SISR-A and SISR-B) for assessing recovery and the Perceived Positive Change Scale (PPCS) for assessing benefit-finding. The total RAS and SISR-B scores strongly and positively correlated with the PPCS score. The PPCS score significantly differed among the recovery stages, as classified by the SISR-A, with higher scores at higher stages; the association was almost linear. The study confirmed the theoretically expected relationship between recovery and benefit-finding among these individuals. Benefit-finding might be associated not only with a higher stage of recovery but also with each step from one stage to another.


Departments of Psychiatric Nursing Mental Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo The Health Care Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan.

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Name: Nursing & health sciences
ISSN: 1442-2018


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