Social support, activities, and recovery from serious mental illness: STARS study findings

Michael Hendryx, Carla A. Green, Nancy A. Perrin

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Research on the role of social support in recovery from severe mental illness is limited and even more limited is research on the potential effects of participating in various activities. This study explores these relationships by analyzing baseline data from a 153-participant subsample in the Study of Transitions and Recovery Strategies. Higher scores on the recovery assessment scale were related to both social support/network size and engagement in more activities. The particular nature of the activities (more/less social, more/less physically active, inside/outside the home) was not important, rather, activities of any type were related to recovery. Furthermore, engagement in activities was more important as levels of social support declined. The results suggest that both social support and activities may promote recovery, and that for persons with poor social support, engagement in a variety of individualized activities may be particularly beneficial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-329
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Recovery
  • Serious mental illness
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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