ERIC Number: EJ832960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Perceived Benefits of Human Sexuality Peer Facilitators
Butler, Scott M.; Hartzell, Rose M.; Sherwood, Catherine M.
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v21 n1 p27-37 Spr 2008
Peer education, facilitation, and counseling programs are commonly utilized in primary and secondary prevention programs within colleges and universities. In addition, peer-based human sexuality discussions have been used as an adjunct to traditional human sexuality pedagogic programs over the last 20 years. Whereas ample evidence suggests that peers can be successful in reaching target populations, few evaluations have assessed the perspective of the peer helper. This study qualitatively assessed the perceived benefits among human sexuality peer facilitators. Transcript analysis of focus group sessions revealed five categories of benefits associated with participation in the program: professional development, exposure to diversity, sexual attitude reassessment, relationship enhancement, and presentation/group facilitation/communication skills. These results have programmatic and practical implications for college health and peer helping professionals. The variety of perceived benefits associated with participation in the program can be used to recruit facilitators and provide a basis for funding peer-based pedagogic and prevention programs.
Descriptors: Prevention, Focus Groups, Sexuality, Peer Counseling, Communication Skills, Peer Teaching, Sex Education, College Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Professional Development, Student Diversity, Attitude Change, Consciousness Raising, Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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