The aim of this study co-authored by IMHCN member, Alain Topor, was to examine the relation between severe mental illness, economic status, and social relations. A financial contribution per month was granted to 100 individuals with severe mental illnesses for a 9-month period.
Assessments of the subjects were made before the start of the intervention and after 7 months’ duration. A comparison group including treatment as usual only was followed using the same instruments.
Significant improvements were found for depression and anxiety, social networks, and sense of self.
No differences in functional level were found.
The study concludes that social initiatives may have treatment and other beneficial effects and should be integrated into working contextually with persons with severe mental illnesses.
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Money and Mental Illness: A Study of the Relationship Between Poverty and Serious Psychological Problems by Ingemar Ljungqvist, Alain Topor, Henrik Forssell, Idor Svensson, Larry Davidson published Community Mental Health Journal (DOI 10.1007/s10597-015-9950-9) in 2015.