The power of identification. Peer support in recovery from mental illness
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 12, no 2, 83-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract: Peer support has been described as facilitating individuals’ recovery from mental illness and offer useful support, hope and encouragement. The aim of this study was to explore how individuals with experience of severe mental illness in Sweden perceived peer support facilitating their recovery.
The results from the grounded theory analysis of 24 in depth interviews illustrated that despite diagnoses of severe mental illness, often described in terms of an inability to interact with other people, the identification when meeting others with similar experiences was powerful. The participants described how peer support meant an end to isolation and became an arena for identification, normalization, connection and being important to others. Involvement in the peer support group was related to time and recovery stage, the participants pay attention to their own achievements in relation to peers and their recovery progress, comparing their level of wellness with that of their peers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 12, no 2, 83-90 p.
peer support, recovery, mental illness, gender
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26711DOI: 10.1080/15017410903478956OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-26711DiVA: diva2:211084