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Community Ment Health J. 2016 Nov;52(8):1089-1092. Epub 2016 Feb 2.

Peer Support and Outcome for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a Residential Rehabilitation Program.

Jain S1,2,3, McLean C4, Adler EP4, Rosen CS4,5,6,7.

Author information

1
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94205, USA. Shaili.Jain@va.gov.
2
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA, USA. Shaili.Jain@va.gov.
3
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. Shaili.Jain@va.gov.
4
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94205, USA.
5
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA, USA.
6
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.
7
VA Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Stanford, CA, USA.

Abstract

This observational study aims to determine the characteristics of peer support that change attitudes toward recovery and PTSD symptom severity. The study respondents were a sample of 55 VA patients who were residents at a residential rehabilitation program for PTSD where they were the recipients of peer support. Veterans perceived greater support from other veterans (mean = 4.04 on 1-5 scale, SD = 0.78) than from any other source. Greater perceived support from the peer support provider, other veterans and mental health staff was associated with improvements from intake to discharge in recovery attitudes. Greater perceived support from other veterans and mental health staff was associated with an improvement in PTSD symptoms. Results from this study suggest that positive perceptions of peer support favorably influences attitudes toward recovery, from PTSD, in veterans who are the recipients of such support.

KEYWORDS:

Peer support; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Rehabilitation program; Residential; Veterans

PMID:
26839108
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-015-9982-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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