This report describes the qualitative component of a large-scale study of supported socialization. Paralleling the recent advances made through supported housing, supported employment, and supported education, this approach seeks to increase the involvement of individuals with psychiatric disabilities in naturally occurring social and recreational activities in community settings of their choice. After a review of social relationships and psychiatric disability, the authors describe the Partnership Project and present findings from a series of qualitative interviews conducted with a subsample of participants. They then discuss the implications of these findings for the community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
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