Foster, K. N, Lewis, P. & McCloughen, A. (2014). Experiences of peer support for children and adolescents whose parents and siblings have mental illness. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing,27(2), 61-67. United States of America: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/jcap.12072
Problem: There is minimal published literature on experiences of peer support programs for children/adolescents in families affected by mental illness. This study aimed to explore children's and adolescents' perspectives of the ON FIRE peer support program. Methods: An exploratory qualitative study with 14 children/adolescents 9–17 years of age who participated in semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis resulted in three themes of experience. Findings: Participants made connections with others in the program, developed personal strengths, and learned how to contribute to others' well-being. Conclusion: Participants derived substantial personal benefit from peer support. Use of social media and the Internet may facilitate future program delivery.
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