Joining, belonging, and re-valuing: a process of meaning-making through group participation in a mental health lifestyle intervention

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title = "Joining, belonging, and re-valuing: a process of meaning-making through group participation in a mental health lifestyle intervention",
abstract = "Background: Balancing Everyday Life (BEL), a new group-based intervention for mental health service users, was implemented in Sweden. Mental health service users often experience group interventions as meaningful, but knowledge of the process of meaning-making in a group is lacking. Aim: To explore participants’ perceptions of the group in the Balancing Everyday Life (BEL) lifestyle intervention; specifically, personal experiences of what brings meaning when participating in a group. Methods: This qualitative Grounded Theory study included 26 interviews with 19 BEL participants. Results: A process of meaning-making in a group was constructed: Joining with others: from feeling alone to connected, A sense of belonging: mutual support and understanding, and Re-valuing Self: respect and self-worth. No longer feeling alone contributed to meaning. Peers and group leaders were considered important parts of the group, and participants appreciated feeling understood, respected, and helping others. Conclusion: The proposed process of meaning-making, as well as ‘Joining’ as a unique step, seems to be new contributions which could help practitioners when organizing groups. Overcoming fear of joining could break a cycle of isolation and lead to connecting and belonging. The value of participants finding purpose through helping others should be further explored.",
keywords = "grounded theory, group intervention, groups, lifestyle, meaning, mental health, Mental illness, occupational therapy",
author = "Kristine Lund and Elisabeth Argentzell and Christel Leufstadius and Carina Tj{\"o}rnstrand and Mona Eklund",
year = "2019",
doi = "10.1080/11038128.2017.1409266",
language = "English",
volume = "26",
pages = "55--68",
journal = "Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy",
issn = "1651-2014",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "1",

}