This study reports on the relationship between stage of recovery and hope,
meaning and responsibility for individuals diagnosed with severe mental
illness. Methods: Seventy-seven people with a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder
of at least 6 months’ duration participated in the study. Participants completed
the Self-Identified Stage of Recovery (SISR) scale, measures of component
processes of recovery (Hope Scale; Positive Interpretation of Disease, SpREUK;
Active Involvement, Personal Health Management Questionnaire (PHMQ) and
the Recovery Assessment Scale-short (RAS). Results: Hope, meaning, Personal
Confidence and Hope and Not Being Dominated by Symptoms varied significantly
across stages of recovery; however, neither in a parallel nor linear fashion.
Hopefulness and sense of meaning in relation to the experience of mental illness
increase before personal confidence and resilience in the face of setbacks.
Conclusions and implications: Symptoms appear to take less prominence in individuals’
lives in later stages of recovery. Greater insight into the relationship
between stage of recovery and component processes may allow for more targeted
recovery-oriented support for individuals at different stages of recovery.
Keywords: psychological recovery, stages of recovery, hope, meaning.