Acceptance of Mental Illness: Promoting Recovery Among Culturally Diverse Groups

ISBN : 9780190204273

Lauren Mizock
208 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
Send mail

Recently there has been a growing awareness of the process of recovery from serious mental illness and the importance of coming to terms with the challenges resulting from the illness. Acceptance of one's mental illness is a critical milestone of the recovery journey, fostering empowerment, hope, and self-determination. In addition, there has been a developing interest in the role of culture in influencing the experience of mental illness, treatment, and recovery. Yet, the topic of how people with diverse cultural backgrounds come to recognize and cope with their mental illness is often overlooked in the literature. Acceptance of Mental Illness adheres to a recovery-oriented philosophy that understands recovery as not simply symptom elimination, but as the process of living a meaningful and satisfying life with mental illness. The book synthesizes research on this topic and offers extensive case histories gathered by the authors to provide readers with an understanding of the multidimensional process of acceptance of mental illness across genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The aim is for clinical readers to be better equipped to support people with mental illness across culturally diverse groups to experience empowerment, mental wellness, and growth. Chapters focus on providing a historical overview of the treatment of people with mental illness, examining the acceptance process, and exploring the experience of acceptance among women, men, racial-ethnic minorities, and LGBT individuals with serious mental illnesses. The book is a useful tool for mental health educators and providers, with each chapter containing case studies, clinical strategies lists, discussion questions, experiential activities, diagrams, and worksheets that can be completed with clients, students, and peers.


Chapter 1: The History of the Treatment of Mental Illness
Chapter 2: Acceptance and the Recovery Paradigm in Mental Health Care
Chapter 3: The Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of Mental Illness
Chapter 4: Barriers and Facilitators to Acceptance of Mental Illness
Chapter 5: The Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
Chapter 6: Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Women: Intersectional Stigma
Chapter 7: Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Men: Exploring Masculinities and Mental Health
Chapter 8: Racial-Ethnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
Chapter 9: LGBT Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
Chapter 10: Clinical Applications and Investigation of the Acceptance of Mental Illness
Resource Appendix
About the Authors

About the author: 

Lauren Mizock, PhD, is Doctoral Faculty in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Mizock is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and California. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association (APA). She has conducted a number of studies related to psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, multicultural competence, and mental health practice with transgender individuals, and specializes in these areas of psychotherapy in her private practice. Dr. Mizock publishes widely in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Researcher Race: Social Constructions in the Research Process.

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.