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Social networks and social interaction among people with psychiatric disabilities: comparison of users of day centres and clubhouses
Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper, Lunds universitet.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6330-5640
Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper, Lunds universitet.
Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper, Lunds universitet.
2017 (English)In: Global Journal of Health Science, ISSN 1916-9736, E-ISSN 1916-9744, Vol. 9, no 6, 107-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare users of community-based mental health day centres (DCs) and clubhouses in Sweden regarding reported social networks and social interaction and the stability of these over time. A further aim was to investigate social network predictors both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. METHODS: People regularly attending DCs (n=128) or clubhouses (n=57) completed questionnaires about social network and social interaction (social engagement and social functioning), self-esteem and socio-demographics at baseline and a nine-month follow-up. RESULTS: Perceived social engagement and social functioning did not differ between the groups and remained stable over time. Fewer in the DC reported having a close friend but there was no difference regarding having recently (the past week) seen a friend. When naming "someone with whom you can share your innermost thoughts and feelings", the DC group named more professional contacts, fewer friends and more often "nobody" compared to the clubhouse group. Finally, on both occasions the DC group scored significantly lower on size of the social network compared to the clubhouse users. Self-esteem and having recently seen a friend could predict size of the social network in the cross-sectional perspective. Strong indicators of belonging to the group with a larger social network at follow-up were being a woman, attending a clubhouse programme and having scored high on social network at baseline. CONCLUSION & IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE: Having friends and strengthening one’s self-esteem may be essential factors for the social network of people with psychiatric disabilities in a short-term perspective. Visiting clubhouses seems advantageous in a longer-term perspective.

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Canadian Center of Science and Education , 2017. Vol. 9, no 6, 107-120 p.
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community mental health services, psychosocial rehabilitation, mental health recovery
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Occupational Therapy
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Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130956DOI: 10.5539/gjhs.v9n6p107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-130956DiVA: diva2:1070522
Available from: 2017-02-01 Created: 2017-02-01 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved

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