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Welcome to the beginning of the results, and thanks for checking in. It's typical to start out scientific reports by discussing general characteristics of the people who participated in a study. As we move forward with the report, you may notice that the numbers of responses to each question are different. Not everyone answered all of the questions in the survey, but all of the information is helpful so I analyze everything that can be analyzed. Later, in the more final (and more specific) analyses, I expect the number of responses to be a bit smaller and more consistent.
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The following are descriptions of age, gender, and ethnicity for all of the people who participated in the survey (called "participants" or "respondents").
There were 881 survey respondents who provided their age. The average age was 48. The youngest participants were 18 years old, while the oldest was 74. We can put these responses in a graph to show the number of people who reported any given age. Here we see a few peaks in the graph indicating that there was a large cluster of people aged in their mid- to late 50s, another large cluster of people aged in their late 40s, and another large cluster of people aged in their mid-30s. It's a pretty nice looking distribution with all ages represented.
Next we look at race and ethnicity. Below is a table ordered from the highest to lowest numbers of responses. Respondents could select one or more options, so the percentages will add up to more than 100% There were 25 people (2%) who identified two or more races or ethnicities.
Next up is gender. 747 people provided this information. As we can see, respondents mostly identified as female. Since research shows that women are more likely than men to respond to surveys, this is an unsurprising result.
Peer support providers draw from many types of personal experiences as they conduct their work. Respondents were asked to report on their experiences. The following responses are ordered from the most experienced situations to the least. Note again that respondents could select as many options as were applicable to them, so the percentages will add up to more than 100%.
Training & Work Characteristics
Finally I'd like to talk a bit about the training and work situations of people who responded to the survey. Specifically, their training and certifications, employment status and hours worked, as well as pay rate.
In this sample of workers, the high majority reported that they had received some kind of training to provide peer support and were certified as peer specialists.
Respondents shared information about where they received training and dozens of programs were represented. These will be reported later.
Here are the figures on how many were Certified Peer Support Specialists:
Respondents answered questions about the amount of time spent at work and their pay. Most worked full time, and the average number of hours worked per week was 33. Some reported that they worked a combination of full time and part time roles.
In the group of respondents, 542 provided information about their hourly pay. We found that among those workers, the average pay was $15.88 per hour. Note that this figure will vary quite a bit depending on several factors, such as the type of employment. This blog is about all respondents regardless of employment type (see here). Also, a bit more hourly pay data will be available as it is converted from monthly and annual rates, so stay tuned! There's a lot left to do with pay data.
I will likely have more information to report on respondent characteristics as the process moves forward. When I have more related results I will add to this post and update those of you on the list. Otherwise, I will be moving on to post results about work-related stress and burnout, job performance and satisfaction.
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Hi, I'm Stephania! I investigate job-related stress in peer support providers, and write about my work here.