What is Peer Support Group?

Category: Psychotherapy

Most popular types: Workabilities Clubhouse

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See also: Human Growth Foundation - HGF-Adults List support group

Peer support occurs when people provide emotional or practical help to each other. It is often used to refer to activities where colleagues, members of self help organizations and others meet as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support mental / emotional health 65 41
Post-traumatic stress disorder 32 13
Mood 29 12
Substance abuse 14 0
Bipolar Disorder 7 6
Multiple Sclerosis 5 1

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 5
Mild 12
None 55

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Peer Support Group

Side effect Patients
Irritability 2
Reactive Depression 2
Anger 1
Anticipatory anxiety 1
Anxious mood 1
Feeling of hopeless and irremediable social/emotional isolation 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Peer Support Group

Dosage Patients
90 min weekly 7
90 min monthly 3
120 min monthly 3
60 min weekly 2
50 min monthly 1
900 min yearly 1
30 min weekly 1
15 min daily 1
120 min weekly 1
24 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Peer Support Group

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 15
Felt finished with this treatment 13
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 12
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 8
I didn't have enough time 6
No convenient appointments available 6
Found another therapist or program I preferred 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 1
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2

Stopped participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 36
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 2
< $25 51
Not specified 15
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6 patient evaluations for Peer Support Group

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FataleNoir
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FataleNoir
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vg
I have:
Phobia

See FataleNoir's full Peer Support Group history

Jun 21, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I started attending this group for Bipolar because I could not find a group for my condition. I felt very judged because of my age in the group. I feel that money that was "requested" at one meeting was not for intended purposes. A few days later the hospital confirmed this. The people attending the group had been doing so for years yet I saw no change or progression in recovery or stability.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
FataleNoir
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FataleNoir
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vg
I have:
Phobia

See FataleNoir's full Peer Support Group history

Jun 19, 2010 (Started Jun 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
crzylfe79
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crzylfe79
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
36 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See crzylfe79's full Peer Support Group history

Mar 29, 2010 (Started Mar 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Social Skills and Support)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 24, 2010 (Started Mar 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Social Skills and Support)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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