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Characteristics and motivations of volunteers providing one-to-one support for people with mental illness: a survey in Austria.
PURPOSE: Large numbers of volunteers provide one-to-one support for people with mental illness, sometimes referred to as befriending. However, there has been very little research on their characteristics and motivations. ...
Attitudes towards severe mental illness and social distance: A survey of volunteer befrienders in Austria.
BACKGROUND: Research suggests there is a propensity for people in the general population to distance themselves from people with severe mental illness (SMI), which reportedly decreases with increased contact with individuals ...