I've finished cleaning the dataset and analyses are underway. The results are trickling in, and I will have the first summary posted this week. I'm excited, aren't you? :)
All of the results posted in this blog are preliminary--not final.
Two big reasons for this:
1. The results posted on this website are from everyone who took the survey, but not all of the responses will be included in the final calculations. This is because some who took the survey have many work responsibilities in addition to peer support.
So that we can have a clearer understanding of stress, the final results will represent those who primarily provide direct peer support services to people with active mental health or substance use challenges. The final results won't be exactly the same as what is posted here, but they will be pretty close because the majority of responses will be included.
2. The summaries I will post in this blog are based on stress-related questionnaires developed by researchers years ago. I will post certain scores and averages according to how those researchers recommend reporting results.
Later I will investigate whether or not it makes sense to use these stress questionnaires with people who work as peer support providers. It's possible that these questionnaires only make sense to use with peer support workers if one or two of the questions are left out. This sometimes happens when questionnaires are tested with different groups of people. So it isn't a cause for concern, but it can make some of the final results look different than the ones posted here.
I hope these preliminary results are helpful to you. If you would like to cite the information in this blog, please get in touch with me first so I can keep you posted on when the final results are coming, and how they might be different than what's here. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, I'm Stephania! I investigate job-related stress in peer support providers, and write about my work here.