The purpose of this investigation was to determine if differences exist in the functioning level between adults with severe mental illness who participated in exercise activities and those who did not. The researchers assessed participants' levels of hygiene, nutrition, ability to hold a job, social situations, and pursuit of appropriate independence in a state hospital. The Current Evaluation of Risk and Functioning-Revised (CERF-R) assessed data. Participants engaging in exercise scored significantly (p > .01) better than non-exercise participants did on variables of hygiene (d = .81) and pursuit of appropriate independence (d = .71). The implications of the study are discussed for mental health counseling.

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