In the United States, nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder. Beginning in the teenage years, adolescents become less reliant on their parents for support and begin to turn to their peer group for support; therefore, it is important to understand the role of peers during this developmental time, especially in relation to mental health. The purpose of this project is to review the literature regarding positive peer support and mental health in adolescence. CINAHL, PubMed, and PsycINFO were used to conduct the review. The inclusive years of the search were 2007–2017. A total of 15 studies were included for review. The results were consistent over time and settings, demonstrating the positive role of peer support in adolescences with mental health care needs. Following a synthesis of the literature, gaps in research and implications for practice and further research, are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health