Peers and Peer-Led Interventions for People with Schizophrenia

Anthony O. Ahmed, Nancy J. Doane, Paul A Mabe, Peter F Buckley, Denis Birgenheir, Nada M. Goodrum

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This article provides a snapshot of the nature, guiding philosophy, and empiric status of interventions for people with schizophrenia that go beyond traditional psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments to include peer-led interventions. The authors discuss the nature and principles of peer-led interventions for people with schizophrenia and the types of peer-led interventions along with evidence of their effectiveness in fostering the recovery of people with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. Focus is on 3 types of peer-led interventions: (1) mutual support/self-help, (2) consumer-operated services, and (3) peer support services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-715
Number of pages17
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Consumer-operated services
  • Medical versus consumer model of recovery
  • Peer support
  • Peer-led interventions
  • Recovery-based care
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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