ERIC Number: ED197279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Peer Dynamics 1979-1980 Evaluation Report. Part 2.
Cooper, Cathy; Walker, Connie
This is Part 2 of a final evaluation of a program to reduce destructive risk-taking behavior (e.g., drug-alcohol abuse and juvenile delinquency) in school-age youth. The program uses peer counseling in schools to develop self-esteem and better communication skills in students. Analysis of attitude tests is performed and factors affecting the outcomes of the tests are discussed, such as anxiety level, setting and rapport between facilitator and peer groups. Overall, school evaluation results indicate that there has been a positive attitude change among peer group members due to their participation in the Peer Dynamics program. A significant positive change in overall self-attitude was seen in all grade levels, with the greatest in Grades 8, 10, and 11; no significant differences were noted between the sexes. A control group at one junior high school showed no significant change in their attitudes toward self or others. Individual school evaluation results are provided for 22 schools. Recommendations are made regarding the importance of the pre- and post-tests. (Author/KMF)
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Antisocial Behavior, Attitude Change, Communication Skills, Counseling Techniques, Delinquency Prevention, Discipline Problems, Drug Abuse, Group Dynamics, Interaction, Junior High Schools, Modeling (Psychology), Peer Counseling, Peer Influence, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Esteem
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nebraska State Commission on Drugs, Lincoln.; Nebraska State Dept. of Health, Lincoln.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln.
Note: For related documents see CG 014 958-960.