Involvement in mental health self-help groups and recovery

  title={Involvement in mental health self-help groups and recovery},
  author={Fred E. Markowitz},
  journal={Health Sociology Review},
  pages={199 - 212}
  • F. Markowitz
  • Published 30 March 2015
  • Psychology
  • Health Sociology Review
Self-help groups for mental health problems are widely used, yet studies of their effectiveness show mixed results and are often not theoretically guided. Drawing on empowerment, stigma, and social selection perspectives, we test a theoretically organized model of the relationships between self-help group involvement, empowerment, and recovery outcomes (symptoms and quality of life). Using two-wave survey data from a sample of 553 persons with mental illnesses in self-help groups and outpatient… 
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