Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 344–353 | Cite as

Carers’ Hope, Wellbeing and Attitudes Regarding Recovery

  • Sarah MarshallEmail author
  • Frank Deane
  • Trevor Crowe
  • Angela White
  • David Kavanagh
Original Paper


Carers are important to the recovery of their relatives with serious mental disorder however, it is unclear whether they are aware of, or endorse recent conceptualisations of recovery. This study compared carers’ and mental health workers’ recovery attitudes, and undertook multivariate predictions of carers’ wellbeing, hopefulness and recovery attitudes. Participants were 82 Australian family members caring for a relative with psychosis. Carers’ average recovery attitudes were less optimistic than for previously surveyed staff. Carers’ recovery attitudes were predicted by perceptions that their relative’s negative symptoms were more severe. Hopefulness and wellbeing was predicted by more positive and less negative caregiving experiences. Hopefulness was also predicted by less frequent contacts with their affected relative, and unexpectedly, by perceptions of more severe psychotic symptoms. Carers’ wellbeing was further predicted by having a partner and having no lifetime history of a mental disorder. Hope and wellbeing are affected by everyday challenges and positive experiences of caregiving.


Mental disorder Recovery Carers Wellbeing Hope 



This study was supported by a grant from Rotary Health Australia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Marshall
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frank Deane
    • 2
  • Trevor Crowe
    • 2
  • Angela White
    • 3
  • David Kavanagh
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences and PsychologyUniversity of Western SydneyBankstownAustralia
  2. 2.Illawarra Institute for Mental HeathUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Youth Substance Abuse ResearchThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Institute of Health and Biomedical InnovationQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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