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Explication and Definition of Mental Health Recovery: A Systematic Review
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Marsha Langer Ellison, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lindsay K. Belanger, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Barbara L. Niles, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Leigh C. Evans, Boston University
  • Mark S. Bauer, Harvard Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center
Publication Date
Document Type
This review assessed the concordance of the literature on recovery with the definition and components of recovery developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Each SAMHSA identified recovery component was first explicated with synonyms and keywords and made mutually exclusive by authors. Inter-rater reliability was established on the coding of the presence of 17 recovery components and dimensions in 67 literature reviews on the recovery concept in mental health. The review indicated that concordance varied across SAMHSA components. The components of recovery with greatest concordance were: individualized/person centered, empowerment, purpose, and hope.
  • mental health,
  • mental illness,
  • recovery,
  • systematic review
DOI of Published Version
Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016 Oct 5. Link to article on publisher's site
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Citation Information
Marsha Langer Ellison, Lindsay K. Belanger, Barbara L. Niles, Leigh C. Evans, et al.. "Explication and Definition of Mental Health Recovery: A Systematic Review" (2016) ISSN: 0894-587X (Linking)
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