Perceived Control among People with Severe Mental Illness: A Comparative Study

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Abstract

Background

Given the importance of perceived control to mental health and recovery, research is needed to determine strategies to increase perceived control for people with a mental illness.

Aim

Investigate the implications of a therapeutic recreation program on the perceived control of people with a mental illness.

Method

Participants of an intervention group (n = 27) and comparison group (n = 18) completed the Perceived Control Across Domains Scale at three time intervals. Subscale and total scores were analysed.

Results and Discussion

Significant variation occurred in the perceived control areas of substance use, personal cognition and personal empowerment.

Implications

A unique nurse led therapeutic recreation initiative, such as Recovery Camp, can improve and maintain facets of perceived control among people with mental illness.

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