Goal advancement among mental health self-help agency members

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Objective: Goal advancement is critical to mental health clients' reintegration into the community. This research considers factors likely to contribute to goal advancement among members of four consumer-run mental health self-help agencies (SHAs) who responded to questions about their goals at baseline and six-month follow-up. Method: Type of goals, demographics, psychiatric disability, agency characteristics, and members' attitudes toward professionals were used to predict goal advancement. Results/Discussion: Surprisingly, faith in the psychiatrist as the source of responsibility for treatment decisions was associated with goal advancement. This is contrary to SHA ideology, which emphasizes peer-driven help. Other findings are also discussed.

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Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

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