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NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

could be understood easily.   

We also learned about research issues, and how to “test a test.” We came together as strangers, but through this learning experience we bonded as co-workers and friends. We found that while we came from different backgrounds and had different experiences, “our feelings were the same, and we learned about ways to express them in order that others might also be able to express theirs” (Kidder, 2001).

In selecting a response set for these items, we reviewed a number of different types. However, because we wanted this to be a personal measure of recovery, we decided to make the responses range from “not at all like me,” through “not very much like me,” and  “somewhat like me” to “quite a bit like me” and  “very much like me.” We also included a column of “not applicable.” A thorough review of the items revealed nine items that were duplicates or near duplicates of other items, so they were deleted. The result is a total of 91 items.

Items were randomly arranged with the response format placed at the right of each item. Some information about demographics, e.g., age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, and location were added. This instrument has not been tested with any group at this time. It is hoped that this can be done soon, and a shorter, valid instrument can be constructed from the results.  


Kidder, K. (2001) The role of advocacy in reducing stigma and increasing hope and self-esteem in people recovering from mental health disorders. Presentation for Mental Health Awareness Week sponsored by NAMI Choices. Portland, ME.

Ralph, R. O., & The Recovery Advisory Group. (1999). The recovery advisory group recovery model. National Conference on Mental Health Statistics.

At the Program Level:

The Recovery Enhancing Environment Measure

By Priscilla Ridgway, M.S.W.

Ms. Ridgway consults with mental health agencies and is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas (KU), School of Social Welfare.

Introduction and Purpose of the Measure

NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

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