Is recovery a model?

Tim Thornton

in Recovery of People with Mental Illness

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754791 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Is recovery a model?

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The idea of recovery in mental healthcare is contested both because of empirical disagreements about the prognosis for those with a mental illness, and because of fundamental disagreements about what “recovery” should be taken to mean. The recovery movement emphasizes the importance of an individual's own perspective on what recovery might mean to him or her (i.e. what meanings and values to attach to future projects). However, in addition, the very idea of whether recovery should in general be understood in this way rather than, for example, within a narrower biomedical framework, is contested. This chapter examines two different conceptions of how the latter conflict can be approached and hence why the disagreement runs so deeply.

Chapter.  8180 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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