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ERIC Number: ED326799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-15
Pages: 22
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The Influence of Peer Counselling Training on Adolescent Expectations of Friendship.
de Rosenroll, David A.
Many researchers have linked peer counseling skills to skills necessary in acquiring friends. In order to examine the relationship between peer counseling training and friendship, peer counselor trainees' (N=167) expectations of friendship before and after peer counseling training were compared. Peer counselors' expectations of friendship were also compared with those of the trainees' peer group (N=175). Analysis indicated that peer counselor volunteers made more highly developed friendship expectation statements than their peer group before training and after training. Further, changes in the frequencies of their high level developmental responses between the pre- and post-training questionnaires are significantly greater than their peers'. The analysis suggests a relationship between peer counseling training and friendship acquisition and maintenance skill training. Research questions concerning whether or not participants learn and enact new or increased friendship behaviors as a result of peer counseling training still remain for future research. Moreover, research comparing participants who choose to receive training versus participants who are, on some level, forced to receive training might suggest whether peer counseling training might be effective as a school-based currriculum open to all. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Canada