Psychological community integration of individuals with serious mental illness

Rohini Pahwa, Liat Kriegel

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As different facets of community integration aswell as psychological and social integration are important dimensions of recovery for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). The primary aim of the study was to explore psychological integration for individuals with SMI into the mental health and mainstream (i.e., non-mental health) communities and its association with their social integration into both communities. The study used self-report and egocentric social network data from 60 individuals with SMI receiving community-based mental health services. The primary findings indicated that social integration connected to service providers was associated with psychological integration in both mental health and mainstream communities. Our data suggest that in addition to providing services, providers are doing something meaningful to impact their clients' lives well beyond mental health services. The study supports a bifurcated conceptualization of psychological integration and provides a more complex understanding of the community integration concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Community Integration
  • Psychological Integration
  • Severe Mental Illness
  • Social Integration
  • Social Network Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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