Table 4

Peer Support Evaluation Inventory

Maternal perceptions of supportive interactions
DomainSubscale itemAgree to strongly agreeDomain mean
n (%)
 Emotional supportListened to me talk about my feelings or concerns (n=152)146 (96.0)92.8%
Helped me feel that I was not alone in my situation (n=151)143 (94.7)
Expressed interest and concern about how I was doing (n=152)144 (94.7)
Told me that help was available when I needed it (n=152)138 (90.8)
Accepted me for who I was (n=152)133 (87.5)
 Informational supportProvided me with practical information (n=152)142 (93.4)86.5%
Gave trustworthy advice (n=152)139 (91.4)
Assisted me to solve my problems or concerns (n=151)134 (88.7)
Told me what was usual for my current situation (n=151)129 (85.4)
Suggested other ways of doing things (n=150)126 (84.0)
Told me what to expect in a certain situation (n=152)115 (75.6)
 Appraisal supportHelped me feel that what I was going through was ‘normal’ (n=151)144 (95.4)86.1%
Told me that I did something well (n=152)134 (88.2)
Gave me feedback on how I was doing (n=149)130 (87.2)
Expressed admiration for a personal quality of mine (n=151)111 (73.5)
Maternal satisfaction with support received
 General satisfactionOverall, I am satisfied with my peer support experience (n=151)140 (92.7)82.5%
I would recommend this type of support to a friend (n=152)135 (88.8)
 Perceived qualityMy peer was respectful to me (n=151)145 (96.0)82.3%
I liked my peer (n=152)141 (92.8)
My peer provided the assistance I needed (n=152)127 (83.6)
My peer met my expectations (n=152)123 (80.9)
There is nothing I would have liked done differently (n=148)109 (73.6)
For my situation one-to-one support was better than group support (n=149)100 (67.1)
 ConvenienceI liked the support over the telephone (n=152)129 (84.3)80.3%
Receiving support from my peer was convenient for me (n=151)122 (80.8)
I had very few problems with the support I received (n=149)112 (75.2)
 AccessMy peer telephoned when planned (n=149)127 (85.2)84.1%
I was able to talk to my peer when I needed to (n=149)126 (84.6)
I had enough contact with my peer (n=149)123 (82.6)
Maternal perceptions of relationship qualities
Theoretical perspectiveDomainSubscale itemAgree to strongly agreeDomain mean*
n (%)
 Perceived peer responsivenessIntimacyIf something important happened to me I could share the experience with my peer (n=152)122 (81.9)70.9%
I knew that whatever I said was just between us (n=152)116 (76.3)
My peer could tell when I was worried about something (n=152)83 (54.6)
TrustI knew my peer would respond to me in a supportive way (n=152)139 (91.4)87.6%
My peer was trustworthy (n=149)131 (87.9)
My peer was dependable (n=151)126 (83.4)
Perceived acceptanceI felt accepted by my peer (n=151)137 (90.7)80.3%
I felt comfortable ‘just being myself’ with my peer (n=152)132 (86.8)
With my peer I could confide my most inner feelings (n=150)95 (63.3)
EmpathyMy peer understood my point of view (n=152)132 (86.8)79.0%
My peer felt bad if things did not go well for me (n=152)108 (71.1)
 Nature and extent of interdependenceAttachmentI felt comfortable getting close to my peer (n=151)101 (66.9)46.5%
I depended on my peer (n=150)39 (26.0)
CloseI felt close to my peer (n=152)90 (60.5)57.6%
My peer influenced how I felt or acted (n=150)82 (54.7)
 Peer qualities CommitmentMy peer invested time to help me (n=152)129 (84.9)76.7%
My peer worked at maintaining a relationship with me (n=151)121 (80.1)
My peer was an important source of support for me (n=151)108 (71.5)
I looked forward to talking with my peer (n=152)107 (70.4)
 Social competenceMy peer presented a good first impression (n=151)142 (94.0)79.0%
My peer was interesting and enjoyable to talk to (n=151)137 (90.7)
My peer revealed personal information (n=149)78 (52.3)
 Social skillsMy peer was sensitive and understanding (n=151)136 (90.1)61.6%
My peer seemed like she would be able to talk to anyone (n=150)127 (84.7)
My peer talked too much (n=152)15 (9.9)
 Sentiment ConflictMy peer minimised my problems (n=151)43 (28.5)9.6%
My peer would get over-involved in my problems (n=150)19 (12.7)
My peer made me feel guilty (n=152)8 (5.3)
My peer was critical of me (n=147)6 (4.1)
My peer pressured me to change (n=152)6 (3.9)
My peer made me feel angry (n=152)5 (3.3)
  • *Means calculated for the scale ‘perceptions of relationship qualities’ should be viewed in the context that some domains contained items which could be interpreted differently (positively or negatively) for example, ‘I depended on my peer’ maybe be viewed as positive by some, but not others, thus an overall mean may not clearly indicate participant perceptions, thus we considered it inappropriate to reverse score these items.