The Effect of peer helping training program on peer helpers’ personal and social competency

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2019
Taşkın, Dilanur
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of a peer helping training program on peer helpers’ personal and social competency. The study, which employed a matching-only pretest-posttest control group quasi experimental design, was implemented in a public middle school in Eskişehir. Non-parametric statistical tests were used to analyze the quantitative data, the results of which revealed that, subsequent to the implementation of the peer helping training program, the aggressiveness post-test scores of the experimental group (n=16) were significantly lower than those of the waiting list control group (n=21). In addition, the aggressiveness post-test scores of the waiting list control group were significantly different from their pre-test scores. Finally, the problem-solving post-test scores of the experimental group were significantly higher than their pre-test scores. Hence, it can be deduced that the peer helping training program improved the experimental group participants’ problem-solving skills, while preventing the negative escalation in their aggressive behaviors. Moreover, the findings of the qualitative data analysis indicated that students in the training group improved their conflict resolution skills, communication skills, and prosocial behaviors. The training group participants also stated that they were satisfied with the training program and recommended their friends to participate in the peer helping training program. These findings have been discussed in terms of the related literature, the implications of the program for school counseling services have been outlined and finally recommendations have been made for future studies.

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D. Taşkın, “The Effect of peer helping training program on peer helpers’ personal and social competency,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Educational Sciences., Middle East Technical University, 2019.