Dr. Melissa Smith and colleagues have a new paper published in the Community Mental Health Journal. Utilizing quantitative and social network analyses in a sample of individuals with SMIs, the current study 1) examined the social networks and experiences of community integration in India and 2) compared India and U.S. participants on social network characteristics, community integration, and psychosocial functioning. Differences in social networks revealed that Indian participants had significantly more family members and colleagues while U.S. participants had significantly more friends.
Results suggest that caution be taken in generalizing mental health research cross-nationally and highlight the importance of sociocultural contexts of recovery and community integration of individuals with SMIs.
More details can be found at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10597-019-00546-x