Hope in recovery with mental vulnerability: towards collaboration in spiritual \care

Maartje van Veluw, E. Olsman

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The objective of this study is to explore hope within the context of personal recovery with mental vulnerability, based on review studies. An interpretative synthesis was conducted and studies on hope in psychiatry were included. Based on an earlier search, together with an updated search in several electronic databases, we included 22 review studies. The thematic analysis of the findings of the included studies led to the following themes: descriptions of hope, which included hope-engendering relationships, personal autonomy, and meaning in life. Opposites to hope were hopelessness, despair and anxiety. We argue that approaches to hope within the context of personal recovery tend to focus on hope engendering interventions and tend to ignore the presence of mental health related losses, including loss of hope. Spiritual care, provided for instance by chaplains, is important in this care because it is able to create a space (temporarily) free from goal setting and it has compassion with sufferers at its heart. In conclusion, this chapter supports the integration of spiritual care with mental health care, using the lens of hope and recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecovery: the interface between psychiatry and spiritual care
EditorsE. Olsman, B. N. M. Brijan, X. J. S. Rosie, J. K. Muthert
Place of PublicationUtrecht
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789463014359
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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