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(p. 37) The Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of Mental Illness 

(p. 37) The Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of Mental Illness
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(p. 37) The Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of Mental Illness
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Lauren Mizock

and Zlatka Russinova

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190204273.003.0003
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date: 17 November 2017

This chapter explains the multidimensional construct of acceptance, including the five dimensions of this process. Interview excerpts are provided as evidence of each of these five dimensions. The five dimensions include (1) identity dimension (developing a positive sense of self in the face of mental illness); (2) cognitive dimension (developing thoughts, beliefs, and awareness around accepting one’s mental illness); (3) behavioral dimension (engaging in actions and behaviors that signify acceptance of one’s mental illness); (4) emotional dimension (experiencing emotions that signify acceptance of one’s mental illness); and (5) relational dimension (engaging in relationships and interacting with others in a manner that promotes acceptance of the illness). A clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, the “Dimensions of Acceptance Worksheet,” and diagrams are also included.

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