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Perceived Effects of Microaggression on Peer Support Workers in Mental Health Recovery
by Zenga, Debbie, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2018, 116; 10815486
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the perceived effects of microaggressions on Peer Support Specialists (PSS). Although some research exists on the perceived effects of microaggression on individuals with lived experience of mental illness, known culturally as a marginalized group (Sue, 2010); none exists on PSS. The mental health movement began in the early 1900’s, which later evolved into mental health recovery and psychiatric rehabilitation. This movement brought forth the development of psychopharmacology, supportive services, and mental health programs. During the early phases of mental health recovery and treatment, individuals with lived experience of mental illness were utilized as peers and eventually as peer support specialists, or liaisons. Peer support specialists (PSS) provide an invaluable resource to individuals struggling with mental illness, as the literature supports. Despite strides towards societal acceptance, individuals with mental illness, continue to experience discrimination, stigma and microaggressions. Research on historical trauma, although beyond the scope of this research will be reviewed to provide an understanding of how microaggressions are passed on and additionally a narrative review of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC-25), aimed to contribute to the understanding of the history of trauma, engagement, and recovery. This research qualitatively explored the experience of sixteen participants who are PSS and in active recovery of mental illness. Semi structured focus group interviews revealed five major themes: Category 1–Microinvalidation: (1.1) Invalidation; (1.2) Second Class Citizen; Category 2–Resilience: (2.1) Advocacy; (2.2) Belonginess; (2.3) Perseverance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dorian, Marina
Commitee: Green, Julii, Griffin, Dawn
School: Alliant International University
Department: Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Public Health Education, Quantitative psychology
Keywords: Adverse childhood experiences, Microaggression, Peer support, Recovery, Resilience, Stigma
Publication Number: 10815486
ISBN: 978-0-355-91687-4
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