The Dilemma of Membership in Recovery, Inc., a Self-Help Ex-Mental Patients' Organization

@article{Omark1979TheDO,
  title={The Dilemma of Membership in Recovery, Inc., a Self-Help Ex-Mental Patients' Organization},
  author={Richard C. Omark},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  year={1979},
  volume={44},
  pages={1119 - 1125}
}
  • R. Omark
  • Published 1 June 1979
  • Medicine
  • Psychological Reports
Organizational beliefs and group processes in meetings of Recovery tend to “trap” members in the organization indefinitely. Although the stated goal of the organization is to reduce “nervousness” and solve emotional problems of members, there is no recognition of successful termination of membership. Many members joined the organization years ago and still attend sporadically. The “power of positive thinking” about the success of the Recovery method discourages contact by members with other… 

Tables from this paper

Zealous self-help groups as adjuncts to psychiatric treatment: a study of Recovery, Inc.
  • M. Galanter
  • Psychology, Medicine
    The American journal of psychiatry
  • 1988
TLDR
It is concluded that peer-led self-help groups have value as an adjunct to psychiatric treatment.
Cults and zealous self-help movements: a psychiatric perspective.
  • M. Galanter
  • Psychology
    The American journal of psychiatry
  • 1990
TLDR
The charismatic group is described, a generic model for such cohesive, intensely ideological movements that address psychiatric syndromes; these are directed at problems of the medically ill, substance abusers, and relatives of psychiatric patients.
TALKING BACK TO PSYCHIATRY: RESISTANT IDENTITIES IN THE PSYCHIATRIC CONSUMER/SURVIVOR/EX-PATIENT MOVEMENT
This research shows that activists in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement develop a range of resistant identities in response to their encounters with psychiatry. Looking beyond the
ILLNESS AMBIGUITY AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
This article reports on a group of people who met weekly to discuss problems associated with suffering from depression or manic depression. Group discussion constituted a collective search for
Involvement in mental health self-help groups and recovery
  • F. Markowitz
  • Psychology
    Health sociology review : the journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association
  • 2015
TLDR
Using two-wave survey data from a sample of 553 persons with mental illnesses in self-help groups and outpatient services, it is found that ‘social selection’ effects – persons with greater symptoms and lower quality of life are less likely to be a part of self- help groups.
Peer Support Among Individuals with Severe Mental Illness
TLDR
The history and potential effectiveness of peer support among persons with severe mental illness is reviewed, and issues entailed in participating in peer support for this population are discussed, and the implications for future policy, research, and practice are discussed.
A Comprehensive Evaluation Framework for Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations: Values, Conceptualization, Design, and Action
This article provides a framework for the evaluation of mental health consumer/ survivor organizations that consists of four main components: (a) participatory processes, (b) conceptualization of the
A description and evaluation of the self-help information service
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Self-Help Information Service (SIS) and to obtain information necessary for the improvement of the service. The study also described
The Utilization of Recovery Oriented Care (U-ROC) Clinical Supervisor Training Program and Evaluation
TLDR
This chapter is intended to provide a history of the city and its people, as well as some of the characters and situations that have occurred in the city over the years.
...
...

References

Mental health through will-training