To befriend or to be a friend: a systematic review of the meaning and practice of "befriending" in mental health care

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dc.contributor.author Thompson, Rose
dc.contributor.author Valenti, Emanuele
dc.contributor.author Siette, Joyce
dc.contributor.author Priebe, Stefan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-13T12:04:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-13T12:04:19Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Thompson, R., Valenti, E., Siette, J., & Priebe, S. (2016). To befriend or to be a friend: a systematic review of the meaning and practice of “befriending” in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health, 25(1), 71-77. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2015.1021901 spa
dc.identifier.issn 0963-8237
dc.identifier.issn 1360-0567
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11268/7799
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: "Befriending" involves pairing a volunteer with a person with a mental illness in the community to spend social time together. The term can have very different connotations. AIMS: To review how "befriending" was used in mental health care. METHOD: A systematic review with a narrative synthesis was used to explore how befriending is conceptualised and practiced. We extracted descriptions of "befriending" from efficacy studies, befriending manuals, and reports from the gray literature and explored the practical implications of the different concepts of "befriending". RESULTS: The lay understanding of the phrase "to befriend" is "to be a friend to". This contrasts to codes of practice used by befriending organisations, which describes a relationship distinct from friendship. The literature (12 relevant papers total) suggests a spectrum of practices; at one end is a relationship that is professional or therapeutic in nature, while at the other end, the relationship is conceptualised as much closer to a naturally occurring friendship. CONCLUSION: The different concepts determine distinct practices, which may lead to confusion when the term befriending is used. The term "befriending", may be understood to concern friendship, which may be inappropriate where the organisation offers a professional style relationship. spa
dc.description.sponsorship Sin financiación spa
dc.language.iso eng spa
dc.title To befriend or to be a friend: a systematic review of the meaning and practice of "befriending" in mental health care spa
dc.type article spa
dc.description.impact 1.941 JCR (2016) Q2, 54/121 Psychology, Clinical spa
dc.identifier.doi 10.3109/09638237.2015.1021901
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dc.subject.uem Enfermos mentales spa
dc.subject.uem Amistad spa
dc.subject.uem Revisiones sistemáticas (Medicina) spa
dc.subject.unesco Enfermedad mental spa
dc.subject.unesco Terapia spa
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