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Do Help-Seeking Behaviors Influence the Recovery of People With Mental Illness?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Personal recovery is a primary focus for health care professionals and people with mental illness, with current research focused on understanding the concepts and factors that facilitate a positive recovery journey. A person's ability to seek help is an area that has demonstrated promise. Although there is a wealth of literature that exists on the barriers to someone seeking help, there is little empirical evidence to demonstrate the connection between help-seeking behaviors and personal recovery for people with mental illness. The current study used quantitative measures to examine whether help-seeking behaviors would facilitate personal recovery. One hundred twenty people with mental illness completed two valid and reliable surveys that measured help-seeking behaviors and personal recovery. Using multiple linear regression analysis, results revealed that help-seeking behaviors significantly influenced the personal recovery of participants. Understanding the constructs that facilitate a positive personal recovery journey for a person with mental illness may be viewed as a critical area of inquiry. These results allow for future inquiry into the connection between intention and behavior, as there has been an identified disparity between the need for assistance and use of services.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Patterson, C., Perlman, D., Moxham, L. & Burns, S. (2019). Do Help-Seeking Behaviors Influence the Recovery of People With Mental Illness?. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57 (12), 33-38.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85075814123

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 38

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Personal recovery is a primary focus for health care professionals and people with mental illness, with current research focused on understanding the concepts and factors that facilitate a positive recovery journey. A person's ability to seek help is an area that has demonstrated promise. Although there is a wealth of literature that exists on the barriers to someone seeking help, there is little empirical evidence to demonstrate the connection between help-seeking behaviors and personal recovery for people with mental illness. The current study used quantitative measures to examine whether help-seeking behaviors would facilitate personal recovery. One hundred twenty people with mental illness completed two valid and reliable surveys that measured help-seeking behaviors and personal recovery. Using multiple linear regression analysis, results revealed that help-seeking behaviors significantly influenced the personal recovery of participants. Understanding the constructs that facilitate a positive personal recovery journey for a person with mental illness may be viewed as a critical area of inquiry. These results allow for future inquiry into the connection between intention and behavior, as there has been an identified disparity between the need for assistance and use of services.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Patterson, C., Perlman, D., Moxham, L. & Burns, S. (2019). Do Help-Seeking Behaviors Influence the Recovery of People With Mental Illness?. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57 (12), 33-38.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85075814123

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 38

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United States