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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GARAY AROSTEGUI, Mariasun; POUSA RODRIGUEZ, Verónica  and  PEREZ CABEZA, Lucia. The relationship between self-reported cognitive functioning and self-stigma with the subjective recovery process in people with serious mental illness. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.123, pp.459-475. ISSN 2340-2733.

In this study, we analyze the psycho-social variables involved in the development of the recovery process of people with severe mental disorders. This study aims to explore aspects related with subjective self-perception and the recovery process. The study had a descriptive cross sectorial design. The sample consisted of 59 participants recruited from two mental health day hospitals. Several objective and subjective scales were applied in order to review their relationship around the recovery experience, and to evaluated their experience of recovery, self-stigma, cognitive insight and metacognition on cognitive and social functioning. We also took into account objectified aspects such as clinical, functional and general social situation. The results underline the importance of subjective and metacognitive perceptual factors in the personal process of recovery. These results suggest the existence of a significant relationship between self-stigma and recovery. They conclude that the sense of internalized stigma and the presence of psychotic activity imply lower recovery experience. In turn, difficulties in social relations and the perception of subjective complaints of cognitive functioning are associated with greater personal sense of self-stigma. Finally we consider that these findings may be applied in the clinical management of people with severe mental disorder.

Keywords : Schizophrenia; recovery; self-stigma; metacognition; insight cognitive.

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