Development and validation of Attitudes towards Recovery Questionnaire across Chinese people in recovery, their family carers, and service providers in Hong Kong

Winnie W. S. MAK, Randolph Chun Ho CHAN, Sania S. W. YAU

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Abstract

Considering the lack of existing measures on attitudes toward personal recovery and the need to acknowledge the cultural milieu in recovery attitude assessment, the present study developed and validated the Attitudes towards Recovery Questionnaire (ARQ) in a sample of people in recovery of mental illness, family carers, and mental health service providers in Hong Kong. The ARQ was developed based on existing literature and measures of recovery, and focus group discussions with various stakeholders. Findings of the multi-sample confirmatory factor analyses supported a five-factor structure: (1) resilience as a person in recovery, (2) self-appreciation and development, (3) self-direction, (4) family involvement, and (5) social ties and integration. The ARQ was positively correlated with recovery outcomes, empowerment, recovery knowledge, and recovery orientation of mental health services. As a tool for examining recovery attitudes, the ARQ informs us of the mindset across stakeholders and areas that need enhancement to facilitate the recovery process. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume267
Early online date29 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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Mak, W. W. S., Chan, R. C. H., & Yau, S. S. W. (2018). Development and validation of Attitudes towards Recovery Questionnaire across Chinese people in recovery, their family carers, and service providers in Hong Kong. Psychiatry Research, 267, 48-55. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.05.047

Keywords

  • Attitudes towards Recovery Questionnaire
  • Personal recovery
  • People in recovery of mental illness
  • Family carers
  • Mental health service providers