What is it about?

Peer mentorship can help individuals with spinal cord injury adapt and thrive. We developed three stories based on the lived experiences of six mentors and mentees to showcase the mentorship relationship between these individuals. We found that an informal approach to introducing mentorship to the mentees may help these individuals start the relationship with the mentors. As the relationship develops, having good friendship-mentorship boundaries is important to maintain the relationship.

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Why is it important?

We highlighted some important attributes of the relationships between mentors and mentees with spinal cord injury. We also suggested practical considerations for community-based spinal cord injury organizations to integrate peer mentorship into rehabilitation settings, including optimizing mentorship introductions and matching, defining mentors’ roles explicitly, and building support systems for mentors.


Creating the non-fictional stories based on the interview data was a learing process for our team. We enjoy this process and hope our readers enjoy the stories we created.

Zhiyang Shi
McGill University

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This page is a summary of: Creative nonfiction approach to explore peer mentorship for individuals with spinal cord injury., Rehabilitation Psychology, January 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/rep0000542.
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