ERIC Number: ED354423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-4
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Teens Helping Teens: A Research Study To Evaluate the Impact.
Harman, Pamela L.
A study evaluated the effectiveness of the "Peer Hope Delegation," a peer counseling/helping training program in Guymon, Oklahoma, comprised of 22 high school students. Effectiveness of this program was examined by determining the number of times the teen counselors/helpers intervened with peers, the counseling concerns, whether the teen counselors/helpers had adequate information, and whether the teen needing help used the resource explained by the teen counselor/helper. Specific surveys were administered to the high school student population, the high school faculty and administration, the peer counselors/helpers, and the referral/sponsoring agencies. A total of 303 out of 376 students, 31 faculty and administrators out of 42, all 22 peer counselors, and all sponsoring agencies (the Area Prevention Resource Center sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, the Western Plains Shelter, and the Texas County Guidance Center) responded to their respective questionnaires. Results indicated that: (1) most students were aware of the peer program, thought the peer program members were effective or somewhat effective, would consider sharing a problem with a peer counselor/helper, and would consider applying for participation in the peer group; (2) the overall impressions from the faculty and administration were positive with a definite need for more information; (3) the peer counselors realized that some changes needed to be made and felt most peer counselors were truly concerned and informed teenagers; and (4) the overall impressions, received from the agency surveys were positive--the representatives of the agencies were well-informed, caring, and searched for ways to improve the peer program. Findings suggest that the most important overall improvement to the Peer Hope Delegation would be better communication among all parties. (Three tables of data are included: the four survey instruments and four appendixes of survey results are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma