The recovery framework as a way of understanding families' responses to mental illness: balancing different needs and recovery journeys

Wyder, Marianne and Bland, Robert (2014) The recovery framework as a way of understanding families' responses to mental illness: balancing different needs and recovery journeys. Australian Social Work, 67 2: 179-196. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2013.875580


Author Wyder, Marianne
Bland, Robert
Title The recovery framework as a way of understanding families' responses to mental illness: balancing different needs and recovery journeys
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0748
0312-407X
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2013.875580
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 196
Total pages 18
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Personal recovery is a guiding principle in mental health and suggests that consumers own and are responsible for their own recovery. An exclusive focus on the recovery of those living with mental illness challenges the relevance of recovery concepts to families' experiences. This paper extends these recovery principles to consider if the recovery framework is helpful in understanding families' experiences. We distinguished the family's recovery task by recovery-oriented support and the family's own recovery journey. By applying recovery frameworks developed by Davidson et al. and Leamy et al. to these two tasks, we were able to highlight similarities and points of tension between consumer and family recovery tasks. The tasks for families include: (1) maintaining hope; (2) reconnecting; (3) overcoming secondary trauma; and (4) journeying from carer to family. Family response to mental illness is a dynamic, multilayered process rather than a static and enduring role of caregiving. The recovery framework offers an alternative way to understand a family's response to mental illness and suggests possibilities for social work practice with families. © 2013
Keyword Family
Journey
Mental Illness
Recovery
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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