Between self-clarity and recovery in schizophrenia: Reducing the self-stigma and finding meaning

Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Michal Mashiach-Eizenberg, Noa Elhasid, Philip T. Yanos, Paul H. Lysaker, David Roe

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Although there are extensive theoretical reviews regarding the self-experience among persons with schizophrenia, there is limited research that addresses the implications of self-clarity on the recovery of persons with schizophrenia while exploring the role of possible mediators within this process. Accordingly, the current study explored the relationship between self-clarity and recovery while examining the possible mediating role of self-stigma and sense of meaning in life. 80 persons with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder were administered four scales: Self-concept clarity, self-stigma, meaning in life, and recovery. Results confirmed the hypothesized model in which self-clarity affects self-stigma, self-stigma affects meaning in life, and meaning in life affects recovery. No direct relationship was uncovered between self-clarity and recovery. Implications of the current study for future research and clinical practice are discussed with the emphasis on the importance of the self-experience with regard to the process of recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-680
Number of pages6
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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