Are peer educators really peers?

Amy S. Badura Brack, Michele Millard, Kinjal Shah

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Abstract

Objective, Participants, and Methods: To determine whether peer educators are considered peers by their audiences, the authors compared 28 peer educators and 28 college students on their personal qualities using self-report surveys. Results: Students who wanted to become peer educators reported higher self-esteem, greater leadership skills, and fewer risky health behaviors than did demographically similar college students. However, peer educators appeared similar to their colleagues in terms of personal values and personality temperament. Conclusions: Although peer educators are natural leaders with strong self-esteem and more healthy behaviors, they appear to be quite similar to their audiences in regard to values and temperaments, making them successful role models and arguably true peers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-568
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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educator
Students
Self Concept
Health Behavior
self-esteem
Self Report
Personality
student
role model
health behavior
Values
personality
leadership
leader
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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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Are peer educators really peers? / Badura Brack, Amy S.; Millard, Michele; Shah, Kinjal.

In: Journal of American College Health, Vol. 56, No. 5, 03.2008, p. 566-568.

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Badura Brack, Amy S. ; Millard, Michele ; Shah, Kinjal. / Are peer educators really peers?. In: Journal of American College Health. 2008 ; Vol. 56, No. 5. pp. 566-568.
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