This chapter argues that empowerment of service users risks being merely collaboration unless service users define empowerment for themselves. Empowerment tends to be defined by professionals. For empowerment to improve the lives of service users it must reflect service users' experiences and issues.
In the context of research, the authors argue that the role of service users as reserchers needs to be recognised as a means of achieving empowerment. They emphasise that only user controlled research ensures that service users have power over the way their experiences are defined.
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Date Entered: 2007/02/27