Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 249–259 | Cite as

Correlates of Peer Support in a Clubhouse Setting

  • David E. Biegel
  • Francesca Pernice-Duca
  • Ching-Wen Chang
  • Lori D’Angelo
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to examine the social support characteristics and correlates of peer networks for Clubhouse members. A random sample of 126 members from one Clubhouse was requested to nominate social network members and asked a series of questions about characteristics of supports provided by each network member. Respondents with both peers and non-peers in their network, three fifths of the sample, had more frequent contacts with peers than with non-peers and were more satisfied with peer relationships than with non-peer relationships. Those respondents also reported that peers were less critical than non-peers. Among all respondents, being Caucasian and having better quality of social life were correlated with having a peer network while higher degree of reliance on others and more Clubhouse visits were correlated with having a Clubhouse network. Longitudinal studies are needed to further investigate the relationship between quality and benefits of peer support.


Clubhouse Social support Peer network Peer support 



Meeyoung Oh Min, Ph.D., is thanked for her review and comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript. Research for this paper was supported by grants from the Cleveland and Woodruff Foundations.

Conflict of interest

The authors of this paper have no conflicts of interest and certify responsibility for this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Biegel
    • 1
  • Francesca Pernice-Duca
    • 2
  • Ching-Wen Chang
    • 3
  • Lori D’Angelo
    • 4
  1. 1.Henry Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice, Mandel School of Applied Social SciencesCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Counseling PsychologyWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Mandel School of Applied Social SciencesCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Magnolia Clubhouse, Inc.ClevelandUSA

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