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ERIC Number: EJ1081298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1538-4799
Perspectives of Young Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions on Vocational Peer Mentors
Klodnick, Vanessa V.; Sabella, Kathryn; Brenner, Christopher J.; Krzos, Izabela M.; Ellison, Marsha L.; Kaiser, Susan M.; Davis, Maryann; Fagan, Marc A.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v23 n4 p226-237 Dec 2015
For early emerging adults with serious mental health conditions, vocational services with peer mentors are a promising adaptation of adult system evidence-based practices. Peer mentors were added to the Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment for 17- to 20-year-olds receiving residential and psychiatric care. To explore the feasibility of vocational peer mentors, open-ended satisfaction surveys and the Working Alliance Inventory were administered to mentees at 12 months. Thematic analysis of surveys reveals the importance of peer mentor authenticity, flexibility, and being a graduate of the mental health program where vocational services were based. Valued relational processes include the act of talking in the community, feeling understood, and forming a bond with peer mentors. Mentees with positive peer mentoring experiences reported stronger working alliances. This study sheds light onto near-age mentoring relational processes for this population, which can inform future research of mentoring processes and intervention design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS); Department of Education (ED); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Center for Mental Health Services; US Department of Health and Human Services
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Working Alliance Inventory
Grant or Contract Numbers: H133B090018