Housing Choice and Control, Housing Quality, and Control over Professional Support as Contributors to the Subjective Quality of Life and Community Adaptation of People with Severe Mental Illness

  • Geoffrey Nelson
  • John Sylvestre
  • Tim Aubry
  • Lindsey George
  • John Trainor


This research examined two premises of supported housing: (a) that consumer choice/control over housing and support and the quality of housing are important contributors to the subjective quality of life and adaptation to community living of people with mental illness, and (b) that apartments provide mental health consumers with more choice/control over housing and support than group living arrangements. To test these two hypotheses, we collected data from participants with mental illness housed through a government initiative in Ontario, Canada. A total of 130 participants completed a baseline interview, and 91 of those participants also completed a follow-up interview 9-months later. Support was found for both hypotheses. The results were discussed in terms of the paradigm of supported housing, previous research, and implications for housing policy and program development in the community mental health sector.


Supported housing Choice Control Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Nelson
    • 1
  • John Sylvestre
    • 2
  • Tim Aubry
    • 2
  • Lindsey George
    • 3
  • John Trainor
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.St. Joseph’s HospitalHamiltonCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada

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