The Effects of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive–Behavior Approach for Chinese With Severe Mental Illness

Daniel F.K. Wong*, Viola Chan, Priscilla Ip, Xiao Yu Zhuang

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Purpose: Hope and meaning in life are essential components of personal growth and happiness. Built on the recovery model, this study attempted to evaluate the effects of a recovery-oriented cognitive–behavior approach (CBA) in enhancing hope and meaning in life among a group of people with severe mental illness in Hong Kong.

Method: A matched-pair comparison approach was adopted. Twenty-seven experimental group participants received recovery-oriented CBA, while 25 participants received standard counseling services. Assessments were administered at preintervention and at 6 and 12 months of intervention.

Results: Repeated measures analyses of covariance indicated that the recovery-oriented CBA was more effective than the control condition in improving the mental health recovery process (basic functioning, finding new potentials, and spirituality) and a sense of hope (planning in achieving goals).

Conclusion: Given these initial positive results, more vigorous studies and refinement of this recovery-oriented CBA are needed to ascertain the effectiveness of this combined intervention approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-322
Number of pages12
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

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

User-Defined Keywords

  • cognitive–behavior approach
  • hope
  • quality of life
  • recovery model
  • trapped self and liberated self


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