Global Pandemic Response: The Effectiveness and Well-being of Clubhouse Communities Moving Virtual
Authors: Vivian Truong (psychology), Janay Christian M.A., Jessica Drews, M.A., Liza Hinchey, M.A., Amber Michon B.A., Megan Price M.A., Francesca Pernice, Ph.D.
Faculty mentor: Francesca Pernice
Intentional recovery communities, such as Clubhouses, exist as physical spaces for individuals living with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary for these facilities to rapidly convert to virtual platforms. The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which virtual Clubhouse communities impacted the well-being of their members during the initial weeks of pandemic-related closures. 289 Clubhouse members responded to weekly measures of Clubhouse engagement, contact with other members, and well-being. A repeated measures MANCOVA indicated that members with high levels of Clubhouse engagement reported higher mental and physical health ratings over time than those with low levels of engagement. These findings support the virtual Clubhouse model and highlight the efficacy of Clubhouses' rapid adaptations to the pandemic.
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Vivian Truong: Global Pandemic Response: The Effectiveness and Well-being of Clubhouse Communities Moving Virtual