Social relationships have been seen as a contributor to happiness and well being since the time of Durkheim’s classic study of suicide. For people with persistent mental illness, social relationships appear to be problematic. This study examined the contribution of social support and recreation companionship to life satisfaction among people with persistent mental illness. Clients from a community mental health program were surveyed on social support networks, recreation companionship networks, and life satisfaction. Findings indicated that minority group status, educational attainment, social support satisfaction, and recreation satisfaction were significantly related to life satisfaction. Neither the size of participants’ social support nor recreation companionship networks were significantly related to life satisfaction. Multivariate analysis revealed that recreation satisfaction significantly predicted life satisfaction.
Author Bryan P. McCormick
Volume Vol 33, No 4 (1999)