Handbook of Community Practice, 2nd edited by Marie Weil, Michael S. Reisch, Mary L Ohmer, 01/2013: chapter Developing Cultural Competence and Youth- and Family-driven Services in Systems of Care: pages 725-740; Sage.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although an extensive body of literature highlights the important role of social support for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, definitions of support tend to be restricted-focusing on intimate relationships such as friend and family networks and ignoring the role of casual relationships existing naturally in the community. This mixed-methods study of 300 consumers of mental health services in the Southeastern US aims to better understand the impact of community supports, termed distal supports, on community integration and recovery from mental illness. Qualitative content analysis, tests of group mean differences, and hierarchical linear regression analyses revealed the following: (1) participants primarily reported receiving tangible support (e.g., free medication/discounted goods) from distal supports rather than emotional support (e.g., displays of warmth/affection) or informational support (e.g., provision of advice); (2) women and older participants reported more distal supports than men or younger participants; and (3) distal supports played a unique role in predicting community integration and recovery even after accounting for the influence of traditional support networks. Results highlight the importance of considering diverse types of social support in naturally occurring settings when designing treatment plans and interventions aimed at encouraging community participation and adaptive functioning for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The first purely organic BEDT-TTF spin-Peierls system, b'-(ET)2SF5CF2SO3, has been confirmed using a high-frequency electron spin resonance (EPR) cavity perturbation technique. The material exhibits the characteristics of a quasi-one-dimensional (1D) Heisenberg antiferromagnetic spin system above 30 K, but undergoes a second-order transition, at TSP = 33 K, to a singlet ground state, due to a progressive spin-lattice dimerization. The spin-Peierls state is evidenced by a sharp drop in the spin susceptibility below 24 K for the magnetic field parallel to each of the three principle axes (i.e. H7a, H7b, and H7c). The 1D chain axis has been identified as the crystallographic b axis from the g value analysis. The singlet-triplet gap, Ds(0) = 114 (+-21)K, was determined using a modified BCS theory. Also, we describe in some detail the millimeter-wave vector network analyzer (MVNA) for researchers who have interest in precision EPR measurements at higher magnetic fields and frequencies.