Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Bruce S Zahn, EdD, ABPP

Second Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Peter Vernig, PsyD


Recovery from serious mental illness (SMI) promotes a lifestyle that enables individuals to overcome obstacles related to mental illness and to become hopeful, responsible, and empowered to contribute to society (Anthony, 1993; Jacobson & Greenley, 2001). This study addressed the mental health worker’s knowledge and attitudes toward recovery principles, utilizing an online survey method to examine the relationship between staff knowledge of and attitudes toward recovery principles among mental health professionals who work in inpatient psychiatric settings that serve adult patients. Participants in this study included staff members at inpatient psychiatric hospital facilities in the United States. Results from this study were restricted due to the low number of respondents to the questionnaire during the designated 3-month time frame for data gathering. The implications of these findings were discussed, as well as the need for more research on this area of study.

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