- The Stages of Recovery Instrument (STORI)
- Translations of the STORI
- Shorter Measures
- Self-Identified Stage of Recovery (SISR)
- Short Interview to Assess Stages of Recovery (SIST-R)
- Links to publications
A number of measures of psychological recovery have been developed based on the stage model of psychological recovery. These tools are designed to measure constructs that are more meaningful to consumers than conventional outcome measures. They were developed in response to consumer criticisms of traditional clinical measures, which tend to focus on illness and disability. In contrast, our measures have a positive psychology focus and target psychological recovery and personal growth.
The Stages of Recovery Instrument (STORI), the STORI-30, and the self-identified stage of recovery (SISR) are self-report measures for assessing stage of recovery from mental illness. The SIST-R is an interview-based assessment developed to overcome the difficulties that some people may have in completing self-report measures. Below you will find descriptions of the STORI, STORI-30, SISR and the SIST-R, and links to related journal articles.
The STORI is available in English, French, Spanish, Greek, Persian and Italian versions. The SISR is available in English and Japanese. You may download the STORI, STORI-30 or the SISR for use in research or in the clinic. There is no charge for these measures, but we do request that you make the usual proper acknowledgement.
Please read the section on the before using the measures.
We recommend that users of any of the measures on these pages refer to our book, which elaborates on the processes of recovery using the words of consumers to bring to life the theory supporting the model.
Andresen, R., Oades, L.G., & Caputi, P. (2011). Psychological Recovery: Beyond Mental Illness. UK:Wiley-Blackwell.
The STORI consists of fifty items, rated on a scale from 0 to 5. Items are presented in 10 groups of five: the five items within each group represent the five stages of recovery. Therefore, overall there are 10 items representing each stage, and these are used to create five stage subscale scores. The highest subscale score indicates the stage of recovery that the person is experiencing.
The development of the STORI has been published in the following article:
- Andresen, R., Caputi, P., & Oades, L. (2006). The Stages of Recovery Instrument: Development of a measure of recovery from serious mental illness. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 972-980,
You may download this article from the ANZJP website.
A validation study of the STORI has been conducted in the UK:
- Weeks G, Slade M, Hayward M. (2011). A UK validation of the Stages of Recovery Instrument, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 57(5), 446–454. DOI: 10.1177/0020764010365414
This article may be downloaded from the International Journal of Social Psychiatry website.
Download the STORI
The STORI is also available in Chinese, Italian, French, Greek, Spanish and Persian.
We welcome translations into other languages, with the condition that you contact us first to ensure that the correct protocol for translations is followed. If you would like to translate the STORI into another language, please email Dr Retta Andresen at iiMH@uow.edu.au.