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Peer support relationships: an unexplored interpersonal

R. COATSWORTH-PUSPOKY, C. FORCHUK & C. WARD-GRIFFIN

Abstract

Consumer-survivors (C/Ss) identify peer support as a resource that facilitates their recovery. However, little is known about the factors that influence or how the peer support relationship (PSR) develops/deteriorates. The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the PSR within the subculture of mental health. Using an ethnonursing method, the study focused on informants from two C/S organizations who received peer support (n = 14). Findings revealed that the PSRs may develop or deteriorate through three, overlapping phases. Contextual factors that influenced the development/deterioration of the PSR are discussed. Understanding the processes and factors that contribute to the development/deterioration of PSRs will enable clinicians and C/Ss to assess and promote the development of healthy, supportive PSRs in mental health.

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COATSWORTH-PUSPOKY R., FORCHUK C. & WARD-GRIFFIN C. 2006. Peer support relationships: an unexplored interpersonal. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 13, 490–497.

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