Community Participation Predicts Recovery

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In a study of 1,827 adults and young adults, researchers from Temple University found that community participation (parenting, employment, volunteering, education, group membership, civic engagement, peer support, friends & intimate relationships, and spiritual/religious activities) predicted recovery-oriented outcomes.  The authors theorized that prolonged exposure to the mental health system may, conversely, dampen hope. Results appear in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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