This study examined the influence of formal and informal support on the quality of life of individuals with a severe mental illness using a quantitative design. Thirty six participants receiving community based mental health services in Los Angeles County were included. The study examined 7 domains related to quality of life, including physical and mental health, living situation, work, treatment, social relations, spirituality, and service utilization. The results provided evidence of a positive association between informal social support and quality of life. There was a statistically significant correlation between participating in religious activities and quality of life. No association was found between formal support and quality of life. This study adds to the social work knowledge base in regards to the importance of social support to the quality of life among three ethnic groups with severe mental illness.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work, Clinical psychology, Ethnic studies|
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