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Table 2 Themes

From: Patient and befriender experiences of participating in a befriending programme for adults with psychosis: a qualitative study

Main Theme Sub-themes patient Sub-themes befriender
Bridging the gap Normalising schizophrenia Changing perceptions of schizophrenia
Is the gap too big to bridge? My match was an easy one
A genuine relationship that developed over time Developing a genuine and reciprocal friendship Attuning to my match
Befriending can be emotional
A big commitment It doesn’t feel like they have time for me Befriending is a bigger commitment than I originally thought
Befriending is a voluntary role It’s volunteering so there is no obligation
A flexible approach The scheme needs to be flexible to differing needs The balance between pushing and patronising
Achieving goals vs. having someone to talk to