Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2006


This exploratory study examines the social interactional aspect of community integration among persons with psychiatric disabilities. Six focus groups were conducted with 18 mental health consumers in three publicly sponsored community residential programs and 11 staff members providing services to these consumers. Mental health consumers reported both positive and negative experiences in their interactions with community residents. Despite perceived differences between persons with psychiatric disabilities and their neighbors, consumers considered reciprocity and mutual accommodation to be critical for building social relationships in their communities. Mental health providers suggested that social integration can be facilitated by developing independent living and social skills, by overcoming self-stigma and institutional and homeless mindsets, and by having a supportive community of consumers.


Reprinted from Social Work in Mental Health, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2006, pages 45-59.
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Community integration, community residential programs, focus groups, persons with psychiatric disabilities



Date Posted: 03 January 2007