Development of a Gender-Sensitive and Recovery-Oriented Intervention for Women With Serious Mental Illness

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Objective: A pilot study was conducted to develop and provide a formative evaluation of a group intervention for women with serious mental illness, Women’s Empowerment and Recovery-Oriented Care (WE-ROC). Method: Ten women with serious mental illness were recruited from a mental health center to take part in the pilot study. Several measures were utilized to assess prepost changes in recovery and empowerment and to elicit participant feedback. Results: Results reflected a significant increase in recovery scores as well as empowerment scores. High attendance rates as well as satisfaction and effectiveness scores provided potential support for feasibility and acceptability of the study, respectively. Content analysis of qualitative feedback suggests positive impacts of group, particularly with regard to peer support and self-esteem. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Future implementation, refinement, and evaluation of the intervention can include a waitlist control group, additional postintervention assessment, and larger sample size.

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