The Contribution Of The Recovery Self Assessment To The Measurement Of Illness Management And Recovery
Knupp, Paul E., Jr.
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Variables contributing to recovery from mental illness and substance abuse were investigated. These variables included empowerment, sense of community, illness management, self-esteem, self-determination, and the variables of agency, program, gender, age, general type of service, race, and length of service. The study was entirely from the person in recovery perspective, emphasizing self-determination. Participants came from agencies and were currently in recovery programs. The five measures were the Making Decisions – Empowerment Scale (MDE), the Illness Management and Recovery Client Self-rating (IMR), the Sense of Community Index-2 (SCI-2), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RES), and the Recovery Self Assessment-Revised (RSAR). Significant correlations existed between the IMR, the RES, and the RSA-R, but not between the RES and the RSA-R. None of the other variables proved significant in predicting any of the measures. The IMR Client Self-rating served as the dependent variable in a hierarchical multiple regression. Once again, the RES and the RSA-R were the only significant predictors of the IMR. Other hierarchical multiple regressions with the RES and the RSA-R as the dependent variable supported a new theory of recovery. Implications for assessment conclude the discussion of these results. In general, the RSA-R proved itself a valuable measure of recovery in the sample.