Bradshaw (2007) Finding a place in the world The experience of recovery from severe mental illness

Bradshaw (2007) Finding a place in the world The experience of recovery from severe mental illness

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Unformatted text preview: http://qsw.sagepub.com/ Qualitative Social Work http://qsw.sagepub.com/content/6/1/27 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/1473325007074164 2007 6: 27 Qualitative Social Work William Bradshaw, Marilyn Peterson Armour and David Roseborough Mental Illness Finding A Place in the World: The Experience of Recovery from Severe Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Qualitative Social Work Additional services and information for http://qsw.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://qsw.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://qsw.sagepub.com/content/6/1/27.refs.html Citations: at SAN JOSE STATE UNIV on August 2, 2011 qsw.sagepub.com Downloaded from Qualitative Social Work Copyright 2007 Sage Publications London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi, Vol. 6(1): 2747 www.sagepublications.com DOI:10.1177/1473325007074164 Finding A Place in the World The Experience of Recovery from Severe Mental Illness William Bradshaw University of Tennessee, USA Marilyn Peterson Armour University of Texas at Austin, USA David Roseborough University of St Thomas and the College of St Catherine, USA ABSTRACT This hermeneutic phenomenological study of 45 adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) examines the experience of recovery over 3 years. After a brief review of the results from the first two phases, this article reports the findings from the third phase of the recovery process. Five essential themes are identified: (1) reintegration in the community; (2) reintegration with family and friends; (3) reintegration with the case manager; (4) reintegration with oneself; (5) barriers to social inclusion. Findings highlight the unmet needs for consumers in their relationships with case managers and barriers to inclusion at the macro level. Impli- cations for practice include the delineation of client and case manager tasks specific to each essential theme. KEY WORDS: hermeneutic phenomenology lived experience mental illness recovery ARTICLE 27 at SAN JOSE STATE UNIV on August 2, 2011 qsw.sagepub.com Downloaded from The formative policy of the United States Joint Commission on Mental Illness (Appel and Bartemeier, 1961: 4) focused on deinstitutionalization and the development of community treatment: The objective of modern treatment of persons with major mental illness is to enable the patient to maintain himself in the community in a normal manner. Although the policy was well intentioned, there have been multiple unintended consequences of the deinsti- tutionalization movement: revolving door rehospitalizations, homelessness and victimization of persons with mental illness (Davidson et al.,1998; Torrey 1988)....
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