Experiences of Peer Support for Children and Adolescents Whose Parents and Siblings Have Mental Illness

Kim FOSTER, Peter Lewis, Andrea Mccloughen

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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