What is Peer Support Group?

Category: Psychotherapy

Most popular types: Celebrate Recovery Program Al-Anon NAMI Support Group Show all

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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 83 51
Post-traumatic stress disorder 70 35
Substance abuse 14 0
General health 8 3
Bipolar disorder 7 8

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  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 11
Mild 21
None 86

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Peer Support Group

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 4
Reactive depression 3
Anger 2
Anticipatory anxiety 2
Irritability 2
Balance problems 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Peer Support Group

Dosage Patients
weekly 10
90 min weekly 6
monthly 5
1 hr weekly 3
90 min monthly 2
120 min weekly 2
2 hr monthly 1
2,700 min yearly 1
50 min monthly 1
15 min weekly 1

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Peer Support Group

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 23
Felt finished with this treatment 15
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 15
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 10
I didn't have enough time 9
Found another therapist or program I preferred 8
No convenient appointments available 6
Change in health plan coverage 2
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 2
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 63 patients who've stopped participating in Peer Support Group

Duration

Currently participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 8

Stopped participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 39
Usually 57
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 35
Not at all hard to take 49
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 2
< $25 79
Not specified 34
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9 patient evaluations for Peer Support Group

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

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

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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