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OBJECTIVE The study examined the feasibility and effectiveness of using peer support to reduce recurrent psychiatric hospitalizations. METHODS A randomized controlled design was used, with follow-up at nine months after an index discharge from an academically affiliated psychiatric hospital. Patients were 18 years or older with major mental illness and(More)
As part of the emerging recovery paradigm, there is an increasing need for psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation to be strengths-based and to be driven by the desires and preferences of the person with mental illness. Yet if mental illness is a brain disease, it is not at all clear how these characteristics contribute to improvement in the person's(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Within the last 5 years, concepts of recovery have taken center stage in psychiatry as the overarching goal of mental health services. In the course of this shift towards recovery, clinicians and consumers (and many others) have struggled to make the concept of recovery both measurable and meaningful. The clinical concept of recovery has(More)
Iraqi refugees face difficulties resettling in the US, which may be partially due to high rates of torture. This study determines the rates of torture experience, primary and secondary, among Iraqi refugees in the US; and the association to physical and mental health symptoms on arrival. A retrospective review was conducted in 2011 on the post-arrival(More)
Although the Signs of Suicide (SOS) suicide prevention program has been implemented at both the middle and high school levels, its efficacy has been demonstrated previously only among high school students. The current study evaluated SOS implemented in high military impact middle schools. Compared to controls, SOS participants demonstrated improved(More)
The authors are current and former International Trade Analysts with the Office of Industries of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Office of Industries working papers are the result of the ongoing professional research of USITC staff and solely represent the opinions and professional research of individual authors. These papers do not(More)
Homeless women comprise a significant portion of the homeless population and may encounter multiple life stressors including mental illness, substance abuse, and trauma. Women who are homeless may experience difficulty gaining access to resources such as shelter and health care. In addition, the interaction of behavioral health problems with intimate(More)
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) uses the GTAP database and model to analyze global trade issues and to evaluate the potential impacts of prospective trade policy changes, in response to requests from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Congress. The following reports outline key aspects of GTAP-related work by(More)
In the process of becoming an expert in the mental health field the newcomer, through reading, lectures, and supervision, is taught what to notice and how to structure and conceptualize that information. A less recognized part of this learning process is that the newcomer is also taught, explicitly or implicitly, what not to notice, what not to pay(More)
i Acknowledgements The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) wishes to acknowledge the assistance provided by the Small Business Administration and U.S. Commercial Service in both their Washington and field or export assistance center offices in identifying and inviting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the roundtable meetings and in(More)