Jonathan A. Hentz



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The primary objective of this study is to develop a theory-driven, empirically-based, brief psychometric instrument to assess recovery from mental illness. Participants will include approximately 100 adult clients from a local community mental health agency at various levels of recovery from mental illness. Clients will be asked to complete several self-report instruments which have been slightly revised to allow consistent formatting between instruments. Based on the results of a preliminary study (Hintze, 2009), twenty-one of the most representative items from instruments measuring the following constructs were selected to constitute the recovery psychometric battery: hope, purpose or meaning in life, coping self-efficacy, empowerment, and self-esteem. In addition, participants will complete the following psychosocial criterion measures that assess real-life functioning: A well-validated, brief measure of recovery will help mental health professionals to (a) quickly assess and understand the clientâs level of progress in recovery and (b) identify specific factors (i.e., hope, purpose in life, or agentic control) that need to be targeted in order to augment and promote recovery.

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Graduate Research

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Roger N. Reeb

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Stander Symposium project

Recovery from Mental Illness: Further Development of a Measure of Recovery Constructs