Outcomes of an illness self-management group using wellness recovery action planning

Psychiatr Rehabil J. Summer 2010;34(1):57-60. doi: 10.2975/34.1.2010.57.60.


Objective: The aim of this preliminary study was to examine the impact of participation in an illness self-management recovery program (Wellness Recovery Action Planning-WRAP) on the ability of individuals with severe mental illnesses to achieve key recovery related outcomes.

Methods: A total of 30 participants from three mental health centers were followed immediately before and after engaging in a 12-week WRAP program.

Results: Three paired sample t-tests were conducted to determine the effectiveness of WRAP on hope, recovery orientation, and level of symptoms. A significant positive time effect was found for hope and recovery orientation. Participants showed improvement in symptoms, but the change was slightly below statistical significance.

Conclusions: These preliminary results offer promising evidence that the use of WRAP has a positive effect on self-reported hope and recovery-related attitudes, thereby providing an effective complement to current mental health treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bipolar Disorder / psychology
  • Bipolar Disorder / rehabilitation
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Glasgow Outcome Scale
  • Goals
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Power, Psychological
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychotic Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Schizophrenia / rehabilitation
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation