Adult burn survivors' views of peer support: A qualitative study

Karen Badger, David Royse

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This qualitative study examined 30 burn survivors' perceptions of the value of peer support in their own psychosocial rehabilitation. Little research is available that investigates the role of peer support in post-burn recovery in terms of perceived benefits and costs. Findings revealed strong positive views regarding the helpfulness of peer support. Burn survivors reported that peer supporters provided a sense of belonging and affiliation and gave hope and confidence. Two-thirds of the sample had served as peer supporters themselves after receiving their injuries, suggesting that mutual aid does involve reaching out to others. At the same time, survivors spoke of possible costs in helping others. Involving peer supporters in the psychological rehabilitation of burn survivors may be an important complement to the medical team.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-313
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Adult burn survivors
  • Burns
  • Peer support
  • Peer supporters
  • Psychosocial intervention
  • Qualitative study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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