ERIC Number: ED366686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Comparative Case Studies of Five Peer Support Group Programs.
Kotloff, Lauren J.; And Others
This report examines five programs that use peer support groups as the key element of their prevention or intervention efforts in preventing or reducing the incidence of substance abuse, school failure, and other problems of adolescence. Chapter 1 provides introductory material. Chapter 2 contains background information on the peer program movement. Chapter 3 summarizes how the five study sites were selected and how data were collected at those sites. Chapter 4 gives detailed information on the following selected study site programs: Student Assistance Program; Louis Armstrong Manhood Development Program; Peer Group Connection; MELD Young Moms; and Twelve Together. Chapter 5 examines the resources and levels of support necessary to run a peer program, such as staffing, levels of facilitator training and supervision, and the use of community resources and referral networks. Chapter 6 examines the extent to which the programs are successful in fostering group processes and explores the inner mechanisms of the support groups within them, as well as the extent to which peer influence is generated within their meetings. The final chapter summarizes the findings on the effectiveness of peer support groups; identifies the most promising applications; and offers recommendations for the selection, training, and supervision of effective facilitators. (Contains 30 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.