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Longitudinal predictors of subjective recovery in psychosis

  • Heather Law (a1), Nick Shryane (a2), Richard P. Bentall (a3) and Anthony P. Morrison (a4)
Abstract
Background

Research has highlighted the importance of recovery as defined by the service user, and suggests a link to negative emotion, although little is known about the role of negative emotion in predicting subjective recovery.

Aims

To investigate longitudinal predictors of variability in recovery scores with a focus on the role of negative emotion.

Method

Participants (n=110) with experience of psychosis completed measures of psychiatric symptoms, social functioning, subjective recovery, depression, hopelessness and self-esteem at baseline and 6 months later. Path analysis was used to examine predictive factors for recovery and negative emotion.

Results

Subjective recovery scores were predicted by negative emotion, positive self-esteem and hopelessness, and to a lesser extent by symptoms and functioning. Current recovery score was not predicted by past recovery score after accounting for past symptoms, current hopelessness and current positive self-esteem.

Conclusions

Psychosocial factors and negative emotion appear to be the strongest longitudinal predictors of variation in subjective recovery, rather than psychiatric symptoms.

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Heather Law, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Rico House c/o Harrop House, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL, UK. Email: heather.law@gmw.nhs.uk
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Longitudinal predictors of subjective recovery in psychosis

  • Heather Law (a1), Nick Shryane (a2), Richard P. Bentall (a3) and Anthony P. Morrison (a4)
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