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Supported housing for persons with serious mental illness and personal recovery: What do families think? [2018]

Background and aims:
Previous research on supported housing for people with serious mental illness focuses primarily on tenant/client experiences. The aim of this article is to present families’ perspectives on the role of supported housing in recovery, utilizing the CHIME framework of personal recovery.

Method:
Qualitative interviews were conducted with 14 families of individuals with serious mental illness living in supported housing. Participants were across five supported housing sites in four Canadian provinces.

Results:
Families credited supported housing with helping tenants redefine a positive sense of identity, re-establish social relationships and regain control over their lives. Families were less confident about supported housing facilitating future employment or ‘full’ recovery, focusing on stability rather than continual improvement.

Conclusion:
This is one of the first studies to report family perspectives on the role of supported housing in their loved one’s recovery processes – both strengths and weaknesses.

Myra Piat, Kimberly Seida

International Journal of Social Psychiatry, November 9, 2018

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