Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 420–430

Consumer Empowerment and Self-Advocacy Outcomes in a Randomized Study of Peer-Led Education

  • Susan A. Pickett
  • Sita M. Diehl
  • Pamela J. Steigman
  • Joy D. Prater
  • Anthony Fox
  • Patricia Shipley
  • Dennis D. Grey
  • Judith A. Cook
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-012-9507-0

Cite this article as:
Pickett, S.A., Diehl, S.M., Steigman, P.J. et al. Community Ment Health J (2012) 48: 420. doi:10.1007/s10597-012-9507-0

Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of the Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals (BRIDGES) peer-led education intervention in empowering mental health consumers to become better advocates for their own care. A total of 428 adults with mental illness were randomly assigned to BRIDGES (intervention condition) or a services as usual wait list (control condition). Interviews were conducted at enrollment, at the end of the intervention, and 6-months post-intervention. Random regression results indicate that, compared to controls, BRIDGES participants experienced significant increases in overall empowerment, empowerment-self-esteem, and self-advocacy-assertiveness, and maintained these improved outcomes over time. Peer-led education interventions may provide participants with the information, skills and support they need to become more actively involved in the treatment decision-making process.

Keywords

Peer-led education interventionsConsumer empowermentPatient self-advocacyRecovery education

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan A. Pickett
    • 1
  • Sita M. Diehl
    • 2
  • Pamela J. Steigman
    • 1
  • Joy D. Prater
    • 3
  • Anthony Fox
    • 3
  • Patricia Shipley
    • 1
  • Dennis D. Grey
    • 1
  • Judith A. Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.National Alliance on Mental IllnessArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Tennessee Mental Health Consumers AssociationNashvilleUSA