Peer support gives those who have had a unique experience or who are facing a personal challenge the framework to connect with another with that shared experience or challenge, either individually or in a group setting. By the simple act of knowing they are not alone in their experience and realizing that others have overcome the challenges they are facing, peers find validation, normalization, and ultimately a sense of hopefulness.
January 30, 2017: New research reveals peer-based connection supports healing, growth after loss.
Dr. Paul T. Bartone, COL (Retired), U.S. Army, is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University in Washington, DC. He joined the Army in 1985 after completing a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago. A Fulbright Scholar, Bartone has published extensively on topics related to health, adaptation, hardiness and resilience under high stress conditions. He studied and taught leadership at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University in Washington, DC and at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, where he also served as Director of the West Point Leader Development Research Center. While on active duty Colonel Bartone served as the Research Psychology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, and also as Assistant Medical Service Corps Chief for Medical Allied Sciences. He is a past President and Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for Military Psychology.
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