Social Network and Social Support at a Clubhouse Program
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Social Work Honors Theses; 2014
Recovery is an increasingly important concept in severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). In the context of SPMI, Clubhouses are self-help programs that foster recovery-oriented attitudes of their members. To date, there is no study describing the manner in which Clubhouses do this. Two possible mechanisms include member affiliation to the Clubhouse and a willingness of members to offer emotional social support to other members. In this exploratory study, researchers tested these mechanisms by administering a pencil-and-paper social network survey, a Clubhouse affiliation scale, and the Maryland Assessment of Recovery in People with Severe Mental Illness (MARS) to Clubhouse members (n=46). Preliminary results indicated that member affiliation with the Clubhouse and the number of members’ positive comments directed at other members predict scores on the MARS (t=2.888, p=0.00617; t=2.288, p=0.02738, respectively) regardless of Clubhouse attendance, which did not predict MARS scores. While this is an exploratory study, it supports the possibility that both member affiliation with the Clubhouse and a willingness of members to offer emotional social support to other members might contribute to recovery-oriented attitudes in people with SPMI.
Academic Major: Social Work
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