A Longitudinal study of mental health consumer/survivor initiatives: Part 4—Benefits beyond the self? A quantitative and qualitative study of system-level activities and impacts
Version of Record online: 30 MAR 2006
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Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 285–303, May 2006
How to Cite
Janzen, R., Nelson, G., Trainor, J. and Ochocka, J. (2006), A Longitudinal study of mental health consumer/survivor initiatives: Part 4—Benefits beyond the self? A quantitative and qualitative study of system-level activities and impacts. J. Community Psychol., 34: 285–303. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20100
- Issue online: 30 MAR 2006
- Version of Record online: 30 MAR 2006
The purpose of this article is to report on the system-level findings of a longitudinal study of four mental health consumerñrun self-help organizations. Quantitative and qualitative data revealed that staff and members of the four Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs) participated actively in system-level activities, including community planning, public education, advocacy, and action research. The qualitative data revealed a number of perceived system-level outcomes related to these activities: (1) changes in perceptions (changed perceptions of the public and mental health professionals about mental health or mental illness, the lived experience of consumer/survivors, the legitimacy of their opinions, and the perceived value of CSIs) and (2) concrete changes (tangible changes in service delivery practice, service planning, public policy, or funding allocations). These findings are discussed in the context of previous work on system-level activities and impacts of consumer/survivor organizations. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.