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ERIC Number: ED407629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effectiveness of High School Peer Helper Training.
Young, Jen; And Others
Although anecdotal evidence supports the usefulness of peer helper programs and related training, there is little published quantitative data on the effectiveness of peer helper training. The purpose of the present study was (1) to examine whether or not training for a peer helper program provided student mediators with the essential skills needed to counsel other students, and (2) to assess the overall confidence level of the peer helper trainees. A survey was administered to peer helpers immediately before and after training. The participants came from grades 8-11 and most were from middle- to upper-class backgrounds. The questionnaire that was used provided a baseline measurement of the peer helpers' confidence levels. It was hypothesized that the peer helper training would prepare the selected students to mediate conflicts in the high school. The most important finding of the survey was the significance of the perceived value of the training program; students felt adequately prepared to be effective peer helpers. Trainees also reported increased closeness with each other following the training weekend; training helped break down misconceptions about others and enhanced students' pursuit of a common goal. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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