A Mixed-Methods Study of the Recovery Concept, “A Meaningful Day,” in Community Mental Health Services for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses

Neely A.L. Myers, Kelly Smith, Alicia Pope, Yazeed Alolayan, Beth Broussard, Nora Haynes, Michael T. Compton

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Abstract

The recovery concept encompasses overcoming or managing one's illness, being physically and emotionally healthy, and finding meaningful purpose through work, school, or volunteering, which connects one to others in mutually fulfilling ways. Using a mixed-methods approach, we studied the emphasis on "a meaningful day" in the new Opening Doors to Recovery (ODR) program in southeast Georgia. Among 100 participants, we measured the meaningful day construct using three quantitative items at baseline (hospital discharge) and at 4-, 8-, and 12-month follow-up, finding statistically significant linear trends over time for all three measures. Complementary qualitative interviews with 30 individuals (ODR participants, family members, and ODR's Community Navigation Specialists and program leaders) revealed themes pertaining to companionship, productivity, achieving stability, and autonomy, as well as the concern about insufficient resources. The concept of "a meaningful day" can be a focus of clinical attention and measured as a person-centered outcome for clients served by recovery-oriented community mental health services. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Mental Health Journal
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages747-756
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0010-3853
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume52

Keywords

  • Community mental health
  • Meaningful day
  • Recovery
  • Serious mental illness

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