Learning via participation - a user perspective on user involvement in mental health rehabilitation.

Borg Tove, Lise Hounsgaard, Claus Vinther Nielsen, Kirsten Petersen, Tove Borg

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The aim of the study is to gain insight into the user’s perspective on user involvement in mental health rehabilitation. The study was designed as a field study lasting 15 months in two supported housing schemes. An ethnographic approach by James Spradley was employed, involving participant observation, informal conversations, and individual- and group-interview. A phenomenologi-cal-hermeneutic approach inspired by Paul Ricoeur’s theory on text interpretation was used, including theories of situated learning. The results of the study show that the users experienced their involvement in rehabilitation to be associated with learning processes in interaction with residents as well as professionals. Learning took place via legitimate peripheral participation, via support from and negotiations with professionals and support from peer residents. Both opportu-nities for and limitations for learning were experienced. The transferability of knowledge and skills to life in a community was questioned, as limited access to participation was experienced.
Translated title of the contributionLæring via deltagelse - et brugerperspektiv på brugerinddragelse i socialpsykiatrisk rehabilitering.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • rehabilitation

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