ERIC Number: ED478691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Youth to Youth: An Evaluation of State AODA Funded Peer Programs in Wisconsin, 2001-02. Field Study Report.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
During adolescence, peers emerge as the most significant social network, supplanting former strong ties to parents, teachers, and other adults. As adolescents seek to define their identities, they increasingly turn to and spend time with their peers. Peer-based prevention programs are designed to capitalize on these peer relationships by building on them and utilizing peer influence for positive ends. Of particular importance to educators, peer educators can also reinforce learning through continued contact with student peers and are very often better able to access hard-to-reach groups of students. The purpose of the Wisconsin Peer Program Evaluation Study was to identify the extent to which peer-led programs (1) can prevent or reduce important health-related problems based on previous research, (2) identify key characteristics of such effective peer programs, (3) describe and identify the extent to which these characteristics are present in Wisconsin school-based peer programs, and (4) describe the benefits of such peer programs in Wisconsin Schools. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Peer Groups, Peer Relationship, Peer Teaching, Prevention, Program Effectiveness
Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, 125 S. Webster St., PO Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707. Tel.: 608-267-9354. For full text: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsea/sspw/pdf/ytyfield.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin