Perceived personal changes in Chinese ex-mental patients attending A holistic psychiatric rehabilitation program

Andrew L. Luk, Tan Lei Shek

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This study was an investigation into perceived personal changes in ex-mental patients attending a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Hong Kong. The program used a self-help group approach with holistic care elements emphasizing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual functioning of the participants. Nineteen participants were invited to complete a repertory grid based on the personal construct theory to measure self-identity changes after joining the program. Results showed that participants perceived positive changes in physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions after joining the program, which indicates the value of adopting a holistic psychiatric rehabilitation approach and provides initial support for the use of the repertory grid method in measuring changes in ex-mental patients in the Chinese context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-954
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Holistic care
  • Personal construct theory
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Repertory grid
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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