What does recovery mean to Jordanian mental health service users and their families? A descriptive qualitative study

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Abu-Mahfouz, M., Weller, G., Clarke, L. and Thom, B. 2024. What does recovery mean to Jordanian mental health service users and their families? A descriptive qualitative study. Journal of Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2024.2332800
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TitleWhat does recovery mean to Jordanian mental health service users and their families? A descriptive qualitative study
AuthorsAbu-Mahfouz, M., Weller, G., Clarke, L. and Thom, B.
Abstract

Background
The concept of recovery in mental health has been extensively documented in the Western context. Yet, little is known about this concept in the Arab context, particularly in Jordan.

Aim
The aim of this study was to explore the conceptuality of recovery in mental health from the perspectives of both Jordanian service users and their families.

Methods
A qualitative descriptive design was used, and semi structured interviews were conducted with 16 service users and 16 family members, selected from three different mental health sectors in Jordan: Government, Military and University Sectors. The data were transcribed verbatim, translated into English, and then analyzed using an inductive thematic analysis approach.

Results
Three main themes were identified as a result of the qualitative data analysis: (1) the definition of recovery implies functional recovery, (2) the definition of recovery implies symptomatic recovery, and (3) the definition of recovery from a religious perspective.

Conclusions
The findings of the present study shed light on how recovery in mental health is perceived by service users and their families in the Jordanian context, and they generate insight into what to consider when targeting the development and implementation of recovery-supporting care within the mental health services (MHSs) in Jordan.

KeywordsRecovery; mental illness; service users; family members; Jordan
Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalJournal of Mental Health
ISSN0963-8237
Electronic1360-0567
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Online28 Mar 2024
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Submitted10 Mar 2023
Accepted20 Jan 2024
Deposited02 Apr 2024
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2024.2332800
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Woolner, C. and Thom, B. 2003. Drugs: the great Cannabis debate. in: Matthews, R. and Young, J. (ed.) The new politics of crime and punishment Willan Publishing.
Quantities, quality, costs and sources.
Moskalewicz, J., Ward, J. and Thom, B. 2009. Quantities, quality, costs and sources. in: Eisenbach-Stangl, I., Moskalewicz, J. and Thom, B. (ed.) Two worlds of drug consumption in late modern societies. Ashgate Publishing.
Binge drinking: a confused concept and its contemporary history
Berridge, V., Herring, R. and Thom, B. 2009. Binge drinking: a confused concept and its contemporary history. Social History of Medicine. 22 (3), pp. 597-607. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkp053
The fast alcohol screening test
Thom, B., Alwyn, T., Hodgson, R. and John, B. 2002. The fast alcohol screening test. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 37 (1), pp. 61-66. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/37.1.61
Self-reported never-drinkers in England 1994-2003: characteristics and trends, focusing on white adults aged 18-54.
Thom, B., Nanchahal, K., Pattenden, S. and Primatesta, P. 2007. Self-reported never-drinkers in England 1994-2003: characteristics and trends, focusing on white adults aged 18-54. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 43 (1), pp. 91-96. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agm138
From alcoholism treatment to the alcohol harm reduction strategy for England: an overview of alcohol policy from 1950.
Thom, B. 2005. From alcoholism treatment to the alcohol harm reduction strategy for England: an overview of alcohol policy from 1950. American Journal on Addictions. 14 (5), pp. 416-425. https://doi.org/10.1080/10550490500247065
Screening for illicit drug use in psychiatric hospitals: whose job is it?
Thom, B., Bloor, R. and Crome, I. 2006. Screening for illicit drug use in psychiatric hospitals: whose job is it? Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 12 (5), pp. 375-383. https://doi.org/10.1192/apt.12.5.375
Work based learning for the development of the chemistry professional.
Garelick, H., Page, A. and Weller, G. 2008. Work based learning for the development of the chemistry professional. 2nd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry. 14 - 19 September 2008
Alcohol, policy and politics in Kazakhstan
Waters, E. and Thom, B. 2007. Alcohol, policy and politics in Kazakhstan. Europe-Asia Studies. 59 (6), pp. 999-1023. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668130701489188