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ERIC Number: ED390008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 11
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Perkiomen Valley Peer Education Program.
Barber, Nicole; And Others
Adolescence is a vulnerable period of life; teens are faced with challenging issues such as stress and suicide. Facilitating informed decision-making among adolescents requires educational programs that present information in compelling and credible ways. With this in mind, a peer education program was developed, using older students to teach younger students. Peer educators, sometimes referred to as paraprofessionals, are defined as students trained to offer services or programs to their peers. Peer education can provide a cost-effective way of providing additional small group instruction to augment regular curricular offerings. A psychology class of 31 seniors was trained during 10 45-minute class periods to educate the 214 sophomores at Perkiomen Valley high school during a one and one-half hour long workshop. A majority of the peer educators reported that this experience increased their self-confidence, understanding of stress management, knowledge of suicide, and feelings of helpfulness. The sophomores' perceptions of the program suggested that this type of experience was of value to them. Many indicated that peer education should be offered again. Contains five references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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