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Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness: A Practical Guide

Donald M. Linhorst


The purpose of this book is to examine the opportunities for, and limitations to, empowerment among adults with severe mental illness who, historically, have lacked power and have been the focus of stigma and discrimination. Its central premise is that despite significant limitations to empowerment, people with severe mental illness can be empowered when certain conditions are met. Building on the work of Joel F. Handler, nine conditions are outlined under which empowerment is likely to occur and be sustained long-term. These conditions are then applied to determine the circumstances under whi ... More

Keywords: empowerment, mental illness, stigma, treatment planning, housing, organizational decision making, policy making, employment, research, service provision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald M. Linhorst, author
St. Louis University