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Recovery as an integrative paradigm in mental health 

Recovery as an integrative paradigm in mental health
Chapter:
Recovery as an integrative paradigm in mental health
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health
Author(s):

Mike Slade

and Larry Davidson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199565498.003.0016

The term ‘recovery’ is at the heart of a debate about the core purpose of mental health services. It is a contested term, with at least two meanings. We call these two meanings recovery from mental illness, or ‘clinical recovery’, on the one hand, and being in recovery with a mental illness, or ‘personal recovery’, on the other (Davidson and Roe, 2007). Each meaning is underpinned by a set of values, and creates role expectations for mental health professionals. We begin by differentiating these two meanings.

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