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Lois Layne, David Shiek, Carl Martray

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Seventh grade males were trained as peer facilitators ;or a group of sixth grade males (peers) as part of an experimental guidance program. Training of peer facilitators was implemented through a modified short term human relations development model. Measures of personal, social, and overall adjustment, as assessed by the California Test of Personality, were obtained for the facilitators and group members before and after the peer facilitator program. No significant pre- and post-test differences were obtained on the select personality variables for either group. A method for assessing facilitative responsiveness was developed using written peer stimulus statements. In comparison to a control group and to the peers, the peer facilitators demonstrated continuous increases in level of facilitative responsiveness. The peers increased in level of facilitative responsiveness during the time in which they participated in peer-led groups. Due to the small sample size, the statistical significance of these increases was not determined.


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