Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Development of an Instrument to Measure Recovery-Promoting Competence among Latinx Mental Health Providers




2006 - 2010


E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D., Co-Investigator



The purpose of this study was to develop a new instrument measuring the quality of the relationships that Spanish-speaking individuals with psychiatric conditions have with their mental health and/or rehabilitation providers. More specifically, this instrument will assess the extent to which different mental health and rehabilitation providers employ practices that have a positive impact on the process of recovery. This instrument was designed to improve mental health and rehabilitation services offered to people with psychiatric conditions who are Spanish speaking.

This project built on a previous Center project in which we developed and tested the Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale (RPRS) (Russinova, Rogers & Ellison, 2006). The rationale for developing this scale was to move beyond the “core” conditions of the helping relationship (such as respect and empathy) and to establish and validate a scale measuring specific strategies to promote recovery among individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The need to provide effective mental health and rehabilitation services is critical for English speaking and Spanish speaking mental health practitioners. This need is particularly critical for Spanish speaking mental health consumers. Given the dearth of competent and highly trained Spanish speaking mental health workers, the overarching purpose of this project is to culturally adapt the Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale for use in four Spanish-speaking cultures.

The project achieved the following goals: 1) we identified and defined the recovery-oriented competencies required of providers serving mental health consumers of four Spanish speaking cultures; 2) we adapted the Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale to be culturally relevant; and, finally, 3) we tested the psychometric properties of the Spanish Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale.

We collaborated with the Community Research Foundation in San Diego, CA, the National Center for Hispanic Mental Health in New Jersey, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, and Casa Primavera in Boston to conduct the research activities.


Co-Investigator: E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.
Co-Investigator: Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.


Please see the following article for results of this project:

Rogers, E. S., Russinova, Z., Maru, M., Restrepo-Toro, M., Cook, K. F., Rogers, J. D. (2015). Assessing Recovery-Promoting competencies of providers serving Latinos with serious mental illnesses. Journal of Latinx Psychology, 3(4), 239-257.


Inquiries related to the project should be addressed to:

E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.; Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.;
Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215