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PERCEIVED PERSONAL CHANGES IN CHINESE EX-MENTAL PATIENTS ATTENDING A HOLISTIC PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM

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Abstract:

This study was an investigation into perceived personal changes in ex-mental patients attending a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Hong Kong. The program used a self-help group approach with holistic care elements emphasizing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual functioning of the participants. Nineteen participants were invited to complete a repertory grid based on the personal construct theory to measure self-identity changes after joining the program. Results showed that participants perceived positive changes in physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions after joining the program, which indicates the value of adopting a holistic psychiatric rehabilitation approach and provides initial support for the use of the repertory grid method in measuring changes in ex-mental patients in the Chinese context.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.8.939

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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