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J Behav Health Serv Res. 2011 Jan;38(1):51-67. doi: 10.1007/s11414-009-9203-1. Epub 2010 Jan 6.

Social integration of people with serious mental illness: network transactions and satisfaction.

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School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214, USA. ylwong@sp2.upenn.edu

Abstract

Social integration involves a process through which an individual establishes and maintains meaningful interpersonal relationships characterized by mutual exchange with community members in nonclinical settings. Using self-report data from a probability sample (n=252) of supportive independent housing residents, transactional (i.e., support exchanges) characteristics of social networks, paying particular attention to reciprocation of exchanges between residents and their network members, were analyzed. The study also examined the extent to which transactional characteristics are related to satisfaction with social relations. Findings indicated considerable reciprocity in social relationships. Controlling for sociodemographic variables and network structure characteristics, mutual exchanges of tangible and problem-solving support were positively associated with network satisfaction. Results suggest that supported socialization services aimed at network and resource development with this population could facilitate more frequent exchanges of tangible resources and problem-solving opportunities between consumers and network members, which, in turn, might promote social integration.

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20052620
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PMC3538837
DOI:
10.1007/s11414-009-9203-1
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