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Empowerment Through Research

Donald M. Linhorst

in Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171877
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865338 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171877.003.0010
 Empowerment Through Research

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This chapter applies the nine conditions for empowerment introduced in Chapter 4 to participation in research, program evaluation, and performance improvement activities. It is empowering, in part, because it allows people to speak for themselves, to choose to investigate those areas that are important to them, and to evaluate and improve policies and services that affect them. Participation is most empowering when people with mental illness are not merely research subjects but instead assist with multiple phases of the process, including posing evaluation questions, designing the study, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting findings, disseminating finds, and ensuring the findings are acted upon. Case studies from a state psychiatric hospital and a community mental health illustrate the application of conditions. The chapter concludes with twelve guidelines to promote empowerment through research.

Keywords: evaluation; performance improvement; data collection; data analysis

Chapter.  10976 words. 

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