In a qualitative study on peer support, participants identified positive effects of both receiving and giving peer support.
This study used a qualitative descriptive design to gain knowledge about participants’ first hand experiences, feelings, appraisals, and perceptions concerning peer support. 10 individuals from 4 different psychiatric units were interviewed about their experiences with peer support. They identified the following benefits of receiving peer support: emotional (feeling less stressed, anxious and alone), improved communication with others, improved perception of one’s current situation. They also identified the following benefits of giving peer support: feeling “more safe,” “fulfilled,” gaining motivation and comfort, and forming friendships.
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“One participant explained that she often supported other patients on the unit, some of which became her friends. When talking about what she and her roommate did together, she said they would ‘reminisce, talk about different things… The friendships I made here helped a lot.'”
Bouchard, L. , Montreuil, M. , & Gros, C. (2010). Peer support among inpatients in an adult mental health setting. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31(9), 589-598.