The experiences of peer leaders in a driving cessation programme

Liddle, Jacki, Liu, Xinyu, Aplin, Tammy and Gustafsson, Louise (2015) The experiences of peer leaders in a driving cessation programme. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78 6: 383-390. doi:10.1177/0308022614562403

Author Liddle, Jacki
Liu, Xinyu
Aplin, Tammy
Gustafsson, Louise
Title The experiences of peer leaders in a driving cessation programme
Journal name British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-6006
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0308022614562403
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 78
Issue 6
Start page 383
End page 390
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Peer leaders are increasingly involved in health-related programmes due to the perceived benefits that they bring to the group process. This exploratory study examined the experiences of peer leaders in the University of Queensland Driver Retirement Initiative, an educational support group for older people undergoing driving cessation.

Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five peer leaders (two men, three women, age range: 67-81 years) regarding their role and involvement as a peer leader in the University of Queensland Driver Retirement Initiative programme as well as their positive and negative experiences.

Results: Inductive thematic analysis revealed three themes: diversity of peer leaders, drawing on personal strengths and experiences, and taking the middle ground.

Conclusion: This study revealed that peer leaders drew from their diverse range of personal resources and experiences to perform the role of peer leader, using varying approaches to perform the role successfully. The provision of broad guidelines in training allowed individual approaches to be developed and this contributed to a positive experience for peer leaders in the University of Queensland Driver Retirement Initiative. These findings have implications for the development of future peer-led driving cessation programmes and the selection of their peer leaders.
Keyword Driving cessation
Older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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