An evaluation of the social recreation component of a community mental health program

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2001 Winter;24(3):293-8. doi: 10.1037/h0095083.


The paper describes the results of an evaluation designed to determine the effectiveness of the social recreation component of a community-based mental health program. The program is for individuals with serious mental health problems, with a particular focus on those who perceive deficiencies in their social relationships. Findings showed that the individuals who participated in the program, in varying frequency, reported significant improvements in their self-ratings of loneliness, self-esteem, social functioning, satisfaction with social relations and leisure activities, as well as general life satisfaction. The association between particular program- or client-related factors and the outcome variables were examined to provide insights into why people changed. The merits and limitations of the evaluation methodology are discussed.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Community Mental Health Services / standards*
  • Community Participation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Life
  • Recreation*
  • Self Concept