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🍁 VHL Canada: Emotional Appraisal Informational?
(I posted this in our online group and chat)
VHL Canada’s main reason for providing a national peer support network “is to provide support based on the sharing of information and experience, mutual counselling and exchange…” We also include an educational component emphasizing social-emotional issues through blogs and posts.
How do you rate this statement on a 1-2-3 scale? ‘1’ being the ‘lowest score that I agree’; ‘2’ being ‘I mostly agree’; and ‘3’ being that ‘I agree very much’. Please note: I assume that everyone’s score is a minimum of 1 since you remain in the group and/or chats.
Peer support is the main part of our mission. For example, other VHL charities also have 'national' missions as a priority.
We can add Practical support later as it becomes possible with more resources (money, volunteers). For example: assistance with appointments, travel, food, etc. Also we may explore funding VHL-related researchers.However, peer support networks or interventions generally provide*
- Emotional support involves expressions of caring, empathy, encouragement and reassurance, and is generally seen to enhance self‐esteem
- Appraisal support includes encouraging persistence and optimism for resolving problems, affirmation of a peer's feelings and behaviours, and reassurance that frustrations can be dealt with
- Informational support involves providing advice, suggestions, alternative actions, feedback and factual information relevant to the issue that the peer is dealing with
All three types of support are based on experiential knowledge, rather than arising from formalized sources...the provision of emotional, appraisal and informational assistance by a created social network member who possesses experiential knowledge of a specific behaviour or stressor and similar characteristics as the target population