The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): Effectiveness with Chinese consumers
Keywords:chinese consumers, chinese mental health, mental health, recovery, wellness recovery action plan, WRAP, bo ai she,
Education and knowledge have always been prized life quests for Chinese. The question however, is whether Western-style mental health education is acceptable to Chinese mental health consumers and whether it is useful in improving their knowledge and understanding of mental health and the process of recovery. Whilst there has been a plethora of psychoeducational material published, most offer passive learning or require little educator/learner interaction, let alone active participation.
The aim of this paper is to present a pilot research on the acceptability, the applicability and the effectiveness of the Western concept of mental health recovery including the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) programme in improving the effectiveness of recovery among the members of Bo Ai She (BAS), a Chinese mental health consumers’ self-help organisation in New Zealand.
Qualitative research methods were used to undertake this research. Eight members of BAS and three professional mental health workers were interviewed, and proceedings from discussions in two focus groups comprising consumers and their family members have been included to form the data base.
Key findings from this research affirmed that the WRAP programme has played a significant role in recovery for Chinese consumers in BAS. The results also suggested areas which needed to be modified in order to become a cultural-appropriate programme in Chinese mental health consumers’ recovery.
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