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Title: "From the same mad planet" : a grounded theory study of service-users' accounts of the relationship that develops within professional peer support work
Author: Bailie, Hugh Alistair
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2016
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Introduction Professional peer support is an increasingly utilised service within health services and a means by which the government’s policies on recovery, personalisation and self-care can be implemented. Peer support workers are being employed at an increasing rate yet the evidence for their clinical and cost-effectiveness is uncertain. This may be due to the relatively low quality research conducted this far, combined with a lack of empirically validated studies exploring how peer support work may work. Service-user perspectives have also been neglected within the research literature, which is somewhat surprising given peer support's roots in personal recovery. There have been a number of psychological theories proposed to explain the mechanisms of peer support but these lack empirical validation and specificity to professional peer support. Objectives The specific objectives of this research project were to explore service-users’ accounts of professional peer support work; to relate findings from these accounts to extant theory; and based on these findings the ultimate objective was to develop a theory that contributes to explaining the relationship developed within peer support work. Design Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with ten service-users who were currently, or had previously, engaged with a professional peer support worker. Methods Ethical and Research and Development approval was attained prior to the commencement of the study. Constructivist grounded theory was used from the formulation of research question through to analysis and development of the theory. Results Three overarching themes were constructed from the data. 'The process of disclosure’ describes how disclosure of mental health difficulties, experiences as a service-user and wider disclosure about life experiences, interests and values facilitate the development of a shared identity and an in-group identity with the peer support worker.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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