The effectiveness of peer support groups in psychosis: a randomized controlled trial
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Copyright © 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 Blackwell Munksgaard
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 118, Issue 1, pages 64–72, July 2008
How to Cite
Castelein, S., Bruggeman, R., Van Busschbach, J. T., Van Der Gaag, M., Stant, A. D., Knegtering, H. and Wiersma, D. (2008), The effectiveness of peer support groups in psychosis: a randomized controlled trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118: 64–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01216.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted for publication April 25,2008
- peer support;
- randomized controlled trial;
- quality of life;
- psychiatric nursing
Objective: To investigate the effect of a (minimally) guided peer support group (GPSG) for people with psychosis on social network, social support, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and quality of life, and to evaluate the intervention and its economic consequences.
Method: In a multi-center randomized controlled trial with 56 patients in the peer support group and 50 patients in the control condition, patients were assessed at baseline and after the last meeting at 8 months.
Results: The experimental group showed GPSG to have a positive effect on social network and social support compared with the control condition. In the experimental condition, high attenders favored over low attenders on increased social support, self-efficacy, and quality of life. Economic evaluation demonstrated groups to be without financial consequences. The GPSG-intervention was positively evaluated.
Conclusion: Peer support groups are a useful intervention for people suffering from psychosis by improving their social network.