Perspectives from Within the Clubhouse: A Qualitative Investigation into a Peer-to-Peer Vocational Support Program for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

  • Gregory RothEmail author
Original Article


Adults with serious mental illness consistently have the highest rate of unemployment of all disability groups and in some regions, the rate exceeds 90%. To redress this, mental health clubhouses offer a unique form of vocational rehabilitation built upon peer support. Through the analysis of 14 interviews of clubhouse members, this phenomenological study provides details of the clubhouse experience and its broad effect. The findings reveal that clubhouse members, despite some situational disappointments, find the clubhouse to be an important and highly beneficial resource that provides a sense of connectedness, along with its aims of vocational rehabilitation.


Clubhouse Mental health Vocational rehabilitation ICCD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLa Salle UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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