Nine-month longitudinal impact of peer support workers' recovery attributes on service users' recovery in Hong Kong

Winnie W. S. MAK, Amanda C. M. FU, Larry AUYEUNG, Winnie W. L. CHENG, Chun Ho Randolph CHAN, Samson S. K. TSE, Sania S. W. YAU, Kimmy HO, Sau Kam CHAN, Stephen WONG

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Abstract

Objective: In this study, the authors investigated the longitudinal effect of the recovery attributes of peer support workers (PSWs) on users of mental health services in Hong Kong over a 9-month period.
Methods: Recovery attributes were measured among PSWs (N=26) employed by four local nongovernmental organizations before their commencement of service. The recovery-related outcomes of regular service users (N=181) were measured every 3 months for 9 months. Multilevel mixed-effects linear regression analyses with restricted maximum likelihood were used to analyze the possible association of PSWs' qualities on service users' recovery outcomes. The Holm-Bonferroni method was used to adjust for p values to account for multiple comparisons.
Results: Results showed that levels of hope and self-esteem among PSWs were statistically significantly associated with improvements in hope and empowerment among service users over time.
Conclusions: PSWs' recovery attributes may benefit service users' personal recovery. Future exploration on the specific pathways of recovery attributes of PSWs on service users' recovery is suggested. Copyright © 2021 American Psychiatric Association.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychiatric Services
Early online date21 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2021

Citation

Mak, W. W. S., Fu, A. C. M., Auyeung, L., Cheng, W. W. L., Chan, R. C. H., Tse, S. S. K., . . . Wong, S. (2021). Nine-month longitudinal impact of peer support workers' recovery attributes on service users' recovery in Hong Kong. Psychiatric Services. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.202000006

Keywords

  • Community mental health services
  • Recovery

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