Acceptance of Mental Illness: Promoting Recovery Among Culturally Diverse Groups

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - Medical - 208 pages
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Recently there has been a growing awareness of the process of recovery from serious mental illness and the importance of coming to terms with the challenges resulting from the illness. Acceptance of one's mental illness is a critical milestone of the recovery journey, fostering empowerment, hope, and self-determination. In addition, there has been a developing interest in the role of culture in influencing the experience of mental illness, treatment, and recovery. Yet, the topic of how people with diverse cultural backgrounds come to recognize and cope with their mental illness is often overlooked in the literature.

Acceptance of Mental Illness adheres to a recovery-oriented philosophy that understands recovery as not simply symptom elimination, but as the process of living a meaningful and satisfying life with mental illness. The book synthesizes research on this topic and offers extensive case histories gathered by the authors to provide readers with an understanding of the multidimensional process of acceptance of mental illness across genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The aim is for clinical readers to be better equipped to support people with mental illness across culturally diverse groups to experience empowerment, mental wellness, and growth. Chapters focus on providing a historical overview of the treatment of people with mental illness, examining the acceptance process, and exploring the experience of acceptance among women, men, racial-ethnic minorities, and LGBT individuals with serious mental illnesses. The book is a useful tool for mental health educators and providers, with each chapter containing case studies, clinical strategies lists, discussion questions, experiential activities, diagrams, and worksheets that can be completed with clients, students, and peers.


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1 The History of the Treatment of Mental Illness
2 Acceptance and the Recovery Paradigm in Mental Health Care
3 The Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of Mental Illness
4 Barriers and Facilitators to Acceptance of Mental Illness
5 The Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
 Intersectional Stigma
Masculinities and Mental Health
8 RacialEthnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
9 Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
10 Clinical Applications and Investigation of the Acceptance of Mental Illness
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Lauren Mizock, PhD, is Doctoral Faculty in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Mizock is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and California. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association (APA). She has conducted a number of studies related to psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, multicultural competence, and mental health practice with transgender individuals, and specializes in these areas of psychotherapy in her private practice. Dr. Mizock publishes widely in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Researcher Race: Social Constructions in the Research Process.

Zlatka Russinova, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has directed several research projects exploring diverse aspects of recovery from psychiatric disabilities, including examining the patterns and determinants of vocational recovery and successful employment, the manifestations and determinants of workplace psychiatric stigma, the efficacy of a novel photovoice intervention to reduce self-stigma, the role of spirituality and alternative therapies in recovery, and measurement of mental health practitioners' recovery-promoting competence.

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