Destigmatized Group Intervention on Promoting Hope of Recovery: A Quasi-Experiment Study

Daniel K. W. Young*, Petrus Y. N. Ng, Daphne Cheng

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Objective: This research project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a destigmatized group intervention in promoting hope of recovery for adults with mental illness.

Methods: A quasi-experimental research method was adopted. In addition to treatment as usual (TAU), the treatment group (n = 36) participated in a 10-session destigmatized group intervention, which was based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), while the control group (n = 42) received TAU. Standardized assessment tools were used for outcome assessment at the pretreatment and posttreatment periods.

Results: The 2 × 2 repeated measures analysis of covariance demonstrated that participants who participated in the destigmatized group intervention experienced significantly fewer self-stigma and more hope of recovery. Additionally, multiple linear regression showed that the reduction of self-stigma predicted the promotion of hope of recovery.

Conclusions: This study supports the effectiveness of the destigmatized group intervention, suggesting the importance of reducing self-stigma for facilitating recovery for adults with mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-64
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
Early online date2 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • depressive symptoms
  • destigmatized group intervention
  • hope of recovery
  • self-stigma


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