How do recorded mental health recovery narratives create connection and improve hopefulness?

Ng, F. et al. (2022) How do recorded mental health recovery narratives create connection and improve hopefulness? Journal of Mental Health, 31(2), pp. 273-280. (doi: 10.1080/09638237.2021.2022627) (PMID:34983300)

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Background: Mental health recovery narratives are an active ingredient of recovery-oriented interventions such as peer support. Recovery narratives can create connection and hope, but there is limited evidence on the predictors of impact. Aims: The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of the narrator, narrative content and participant which predict the short-term impact of recovery narratives on participants. Method: Independent studies were conducted in an experimental (n ¼ 40) and a clinical setting (n ¼ 13). In both studies, participants with mental health problems received recorded recovery narratives and rated impact on hopefulness and connection. Predictive characteristics were identified using multi-level modelling. Results: The experimental study found that narratives portraying a narrator as living well with mental health problems that is intermediate between no and full recovery, generated higher self-rated levels of hopefulness. Participants from ethnic minority backgrounds had lower levels of connection with narrators compared to participants from a white background, potentially due to reduced visibility of a narrator’s diversity characteristics. Conclusions: Narratives describing partial but not complete recovery and matching on ethnicity may lead to a higher impact. Having access to narratives portraying a range of narrator characteristics to maximise the possibility of a beneficial impact on connection and hopefulness.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This article is independent research funded by the NIHR under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (Programme Grants for Applied Research, Personal experience as a recovery resource in psychosis: Narrative Experiences Online (NEON) Programme, RP-PG-0615-20016). MS acknowledges the support of the Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of South-Eastern Norway and the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Callard, Professor Felicity
Authors: Ng, F., Newby, C., Robinson, C., Llewellyn-Beardsley, J., Yeo, C., Roe, J., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Smith, R., Booth, S., Bailey, S., Castelein, S., Callard, F., Arbour, S., and Slade, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Geography
Journal Name:Journal of Mental Health
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1360-0567
Published Online:05 January 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Mental Health 31(2): 273-280
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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