Recovery from mental disorders : a study of young people with substance use disorders in Zambia

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Abstract

The World Health Organisation estimates that 10-20% of young people suffer from mental disorders, with half of these disorders in adulthood starting by the age 14, though most cases are undetected and untreated thereby affecting the recovery prospects of young people, (WHO, 2018).
Extensive literature exists that examines the meaning of recovery from mental illness in adult populations, with limited research exploring how recovery is conceptualised by young people experiencing mental disorders.
Situated in the context of global mental health that promotes recovery and securing of human rights for everyone experiencing mental disorders, including young people; this study aims at getting in-depth understanding on how young people (14-24 years) frame the meaning and experience of recovery from substance use disorders, what factors influence recovery, and their expressions of agency in the receipt of mental health services.
The study proposes to use an exploratory qualitative research design to document perceptions and lived experiences of respondents, using an interpretative approach. Semi-structured interviews will be used to collect information from 35 purposively selected young people.
The focus on young people will add to the voices of service users on conceptualisation and experience of recovery from mental distress in Low-and Middle-Income Countries, which have a paucity of research in this area. Results will also inform policy and practice in adolescent mental health in Zambia.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2021
EventPostgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning: Re-Imagining Postgraduate Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond - Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Duration: 26 Mar 202127 Mar 2021
https://www.ln.edu.hk/sgs/postgraduate-conference-on-interdisciplinary-learning-2021

Conference

ConferencePostgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityTuen Mun
Period26/03/2127/03/21
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Bibliographical note

Abstract published in Postgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning : Re-Imagining Postgraduate Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond : Programme book, Lingnan University, 2021, p. 29.

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