Key components of recovery predict occupational performance and health in peer support specialists.
Objective: The primary purpose of the study was to explore and identify how components of recovery are associated with occupational performance and health among peer support specialists. Methods: One hundred and twenty-one peer support specialists were recruited from statewide peer certification training programs and the International Association of Peer Supporters. Study respondents completed a survey package including demographic questions and psychometrically sound self-report measures. Two hierarchical multivariable linear regression models were conducted to evaluate whether the recovery components of the process of recovery, social support for recovery, and work self-determination (i.e., work autonomy, work competence, and work relatedness) were associated with indicators of occupational performance (i.e., work engagement) and health (i.e., job satisfaction). Results: Work autonomy was associated with the occupational performance indicator, while the process of recovery and social support for recovery were the only recovery components associated with the indicator for occupational health. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Findings support the importance of work self-determination and social support and recovery for occupational performance and health among peer support specialists. Mental health and rehabilitation professionals should address these key components of recovery when working with and supporting the work well-being of peer support specialists. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved) Impact and Implications—Our findings indicated key components of recovery are linked to work well-being among peer support specialists. Despite the promotion of recovery among service users, there has been limited focus on the recovery process experienced by peer support specialists employed in mental health systems. These findings underscore the need for service providers, employers, and supervisors of peer support specialists to address both recovery and work well-being among peer support specialists. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Brooks, Jessica M.; Wu, Jia Rung; Umucu, Emre; Storm, Marianne; Chiu, Chung Yi; Walker, Robert; and Fortuna, Karen L., "Key components of recovery predict occupational performance and health in peer support specialists." (2021). Counselor Education Faculty Publications. 31.