Objective: Social effectiveness continues to play a critical role in recovery of people with serious mental illness (SMI), with greater social effectiveness predicting many positive life outcomes. Despite the abundance of literature supporting the relationship between perceptions and behavior, little is known about predictors of perceived social effectiveness of individuals with SMI. Methods: The purpose of this study is to examine the predictors of perceived social effectiveness of individuals with SMI. Crosssectional data of 192 participants with SMI recruited from four psychiatric rehabilitation clubhouses in 2 states in the South and Midwest regions of the United States were used for this study. Self-report data on category of psychiatric disabilities, psychiatric symptoms, cognition, insight, educational attainment, empathy, interpersonal interactions and relationships, self-stigma, disability acceptance, and perceived social effectiveness were collected and analyzed using multiple regression analysis (MRA). Results: MRA yielded a regression model that accounted for 56% of the variance in perceived social effectiveness, which is considered a large effect size. Controlling for all other factors, mood disorder, educational attainment, empathy, interpersonal interactions and relationships, and disability acceptance were found to be significant predictors of perceived social effectiveness of persons with SMI. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Practitioners should consider determining points of intervention and targeting specific elements that enhance perceived social effectiveness.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health