Participant experiences in peer- and clinician-facilitated mental health recovery groups for veterans

Sarah Beehler, Jack A. Clark, Susan V. Eisen

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of the study was to characterize and compare participants' experiences of peer-facilitated versus clinician-facilitated recovery groups for veterans with mental illness. Method: We analyzed qualitative data from 24 interviews with veterans who participated in mental health recovery groups led by peer or clinician facilitators. Results: Subtle differences in group structure, participation/communication and utility/relevance between peer- and clinician-facilitated groups were identified. Participants experienced both peer and clinician facilitators as helpful in promoting recovery, though they appeared to do this in different ways. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Peer and clinician facilitators offer different strengths in the promotion of mental health recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric rehabilitation journal
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • mental health recovery
  • peer support
  • qualitative
  • veteran

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