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ERIC Number: EJ935420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1559-243X
Prevalence and Duties of Collegiate Human Sexuality Peer Helpers: Results of a National Study
Butler, Scott M.; Black, David R.
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v23 n1 p24-33 Spr-Sum 2011
The purpose of the present study is to assess human sexuality peer helper use among college student health centers nationwide. Results from 358 institutions indicate that 53.9% of centers use peers for educational programming, prevention efforts, and/or counseling initiatives. When adjusting for institutions that sponsor a program (n = 193), the M number of duties performed by peers was 3.10 (95% CI = 2.84 -- 3.37), the Med 3.00, and the Mo 2.00. Demographic factors including geographic region, institutional setting (urban, suburban, small town, rural), student population size, and residential characteristic (primarily residential, primarily commuter, equal residential and commuter) significantly predicted the presence of peer-helper programs. Rank assessments evaluating the number of duties performed across demographic variables indicated statistically significant differences among the student population size, H (3) = 40.86, p less than 0.001, type of institution (public/private), U = 12651, p = 0.002, institutional setting, H (3) = 14.41, p = 0.002, and faith-affiliation variables, U = 5829, p less than 0.001. Results have implications for the establishment of policies and benchmarks at college health centers and demonstrate the role of peers in awareness, prevention, and counseling programs nationally. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States