ERIC Number: ED332125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Natural Helpers: The Differences in Views of the Male and Female Participants.
This study explored the differences in views of male and female participants in the Natural Helpers program. The program was developed primarily to serve middle and high school students who want to increase their helping and communication skills so they can better help and support others. The central Virginian school in the study had received a grant, part of which included this peer-helping program. Seventh and eighth grade students participated. Two surveys were administered, one before and one after the training retreat. Overall, the male and female natural helpers had many of the same views on the program and on their role as a natural helper. There were some notable differences. Males expected to learn how to better help their friends from the retreat where females expected to get to know other natural helpers, students as well as teachers. Also, where the females were first unsure of their helping skills, they later had the confidence that they could help their friends in some way. The males, on the other hand, were first sure of their helping skills and later recognized their limitations. Other findings include the indication that females were more comfortable in sharing and talking about their feelings, and females more than males had dealt with a suicidal friend. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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