Consumer-operated self-help centers: Environment, empowerment, and satisfaction

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Consumer-operated self-help centers were designed to provide social environments that promote participant empowerment and satisfaction. This exploratory, descriptive study examined how variance in empowerment and satisfaction scores could be explained by participants' perceptions of the social environment factors (relationship, personal growth, and systems maintenance and change) and quantity of participation. Participants (N = 144) involved in consumer-operated self-help centers completed a four-part, 161-item survey designed to capture perceptions of satisfaction, empowerment, social environment factors, quantity of center participation, and demographic data. Significant relationships were found between participant satisfaction and the three social environment factors. Findings also indicated that participant empowerment was related to quantity of self-help center involvement. From these exploratory analyses, recommendations are made on how to improve consumer-run self-help center operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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