Stakeholder-driven approach to developing a peer-mentoring intervention for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions

Young Adult Mental Health/Peer Mentoring Research Team

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Abstract

Background: Young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions (IDD-MH) experience significant mental health disparities. Barriers to services include transportation and stigma associated with services. Peer mentoring (PM) may be one solution to these barriers. Methods: We conducted exploratory research to develop a PM intervention for young adults with IDD-MH by partnering with 3 young adults with IDD-MH and a seven-member advisory board. In addition, we conducted focus groups with mental health clinicians (n = 10), peer providers (n = 9), and transition specialists (n = 20) to identify the desired PM outcomes and features and content that may facilitate these outcomes. Results: Prioritized outcome: identifying and utilizing leisure activities as coping strategies. PM features: mentors should use relationship- and outcome-driven actions to operationalize a mentee-centred approach. Features and content considerations: safety, mentor matching, degree of structure, mentor training and support, and collaboration with mentees’ support teams. Discussion: Findings are aligned with previous research on PM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • developmental disability
  • inclusive research
  • intellectual disability
  • mental health
  • participatory research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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