Family influence in recovery from severe mental illness

Community Ment Health J. 2015 May;51(4):467-76. doi: 10.1007/s10597-014-9783-y. Epub 2014 Dec 10.


The aim of this study was to investigate the perceived influence of family on recovery from severe mental illness. 54 semi-structured interviews were conducted with a diverse sample of people with severe mental illness living in Montreal. Results indicated that family both facilitated and impeded recovery processes. Specifically, family facilitated recovery through providing (a) moral support, (b) practical support and (c) motivation to recover. However family impeded recovery through (a) acting as a stressor, (b) displaying stigma and lack of understanding, and (c) forcing hospitalization. The study indicates the importance of family psychoeducation in promoting recovery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Family Relations / psychology*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Social Stigma
  • Social Support*
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Therapeutic Equipoise