ERIC Number: ED426319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
High School Peer Helping: A Program Evaluation.
Kilgariff, Lisa; Solomon, Mindy; Zanotti, Mary; Chambliss, Catherine
Peer helpers can act as liaisons to high school guidance departments by identifying problems, making appropriate referrals, and encouraging others to obtain professional help if necessary. An active program can help ensure that in the future students are better prepared to handle conflicts that arise within marriage, career, and family. This study assesses the problems most troubling to adolescents today and the effectiveness of a peer helper training program. It was hypothesized that the major problems faced by students in the high school would fall into the broad categories of family, friends, and stress. It was also expected that the peer helpers would view their training as preparing them well to handle the problems presented by their classmates. A self-report questionnaire was designed to evaluate how frequently peer helpers were approached for help with various problems and the peer helpers' perceptions of the effectiveness of their training. Of all the presenting problems, discussion of friendships was found to be the most prevalent. The majority of academic problems brought to natural helpers dealt with grades and goals. The Training Satisfaction Scale scores indicated that helpers evaluated their preparation positively. Survey questions are appended. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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