Beyond coping with mental illness: Toward personal growth

David Roe, Miriam Chopra

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This study focused on the active attempts of individuals with severe mental illness to make sense of their disorders and initiate processes of personal growth. The findings are based on bimonthly comprehensive assessments conducted over a 1-year period with 43 persons who were hospitalized for schizophrenia and related disorders. Results reveal that living with severe mental illness may also generate processes of growth and change. Clinical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-344
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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