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New systematic review on peer education

September 12, 2017

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What is the evidence for use of peer education in programs supporting adolescent reproductive and sexual health? The BCTR Research Synthesis Project develops high-quality evidence summaries on topics suggested by researchers or practitioners. Their latest review looked into this question.

From the review:

Peer education is a method for intervention or program delivery that is defined by the use of members of the learner group to partly or fully facilitate program activities. Using members of similar age or status (Tolli, 2012) to share health information is thought to work through the social influence of the peer group, which can have a strong impact on adolescents (Maticka-Tyndale & Barnett, 2010). The role of these peer educators ranges from low responsibility to high responsibility (Hart, 1992): Low responsibility might include only specific aspects of implementation such as visiting to share stories, or participating in role plays. Higher levels of participation might include full input on program development, co-facilitation, or full facilitation.

The review found no convincing evidence that this type of education improved sexual outcomes for adolescents.

STRs help researchers and extension associated understand the broad body of evidence on a topic so they can put that information into practice in real-world settings. Full listing of past STRs

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