+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Peer-led and adult-led school health education: a critical review of available comparative research



Peer-led and adult-led school health education: a critical review of available comparative research



Health Education Research 15(5): 533-545



Peer-led health education in school is widely used. Advocates suggest it is an effective method based on the belief that information, particularly sensitive information, is more easily shared between people of a similar age. Critics suggest that this is a method not based on sound theory or evidence of effectiveness. This review evaluates school-based health education programmes which have set out to compare the effects of peers or adults delivering the same material. The identified studies indicated that peer leaders were at least as, or more, effective than adults. Although this suggests that peer-led programmes can be effective, methodological difficulties and analytical problems indicate that this is not an easy area to investigate, and research so far has not provided a definitive answer.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 1 workday: $29.90)

Accession: 046940516

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 11184213


Related references

Effects of peer education on the peer educators in a school-based HIV prevention program: where should peer education research go from here?. Health Education and Behavior 29(4): 411-423, 2002

A comparative study of peer-led and adult-led school sex education. Health Education Research 16(4): 481-492, 2001

A critical review of peer education with young people with special reference to sexual health. Health Education Research 10(4): 407-420, 1995

Effects of peer education, education by physician and giving pamphlets on HIV knowledge in high school students a comparative study. Hayat: 1, Pe5-Pe12, En77, 2008

Peer education vs health provider education in knowledge and attitude about prevention and transmission of AIDS in high school students. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences 23(1): 108-110, 2007

Testing for predictive validity in health care education research: a critical review. Academic Medicine 69(8): 685-687, 1994

Peer review, a critical point of view about education. Revista Medica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social 50(2): 126-126, 2012

Some research priorities in education and health. Paper presented to the symposium on literacy, education and health development, March 17-19, 1981: University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Some research priorities in education and health Paper presented to the symposium on literacy, education and health development, March 17-19, 1981: University of Michigan, School of Public Health: 4, 1981

Hawaii's "7 by 7" for school health education: a PowerPoint presentation on integrating the national health education standards with priority content areas for today's school health education in grades kindergarten through 12. Preventing Chronic Disease 3(2): A63-A63, 2006

FINAL report of the National committee for School Health Research sponsored by the Canadian Education Association and the Canadian Public Health Association; a five-year program in school health research. Canadian Journal of Public Health 41(8): 341-348, 1950

Peer-led nutrition education programs for school-aged youth: a systematic review of the literature. Health Education Research 31(1): 82-97, 2016

Can peer education make a difference? Evaluation of a South African adolescent peer education program to promote sexual and reproductive health. Aids and Behavior 15(8): 1605-1611, 2011

Effect of peer education in school on sexual health knowledge and attitude in girl adolescents. Journal of Education and Health Promotion 4: 78, 2015

An intervention study for viral hepatitis. Peer-led health education among high school students. Saudi Medical Journal 32(2): 183-187, 2011

Osteopathic manipulative treatment: A systematic review and critical appraisal of comparative effectiveness and health economics research. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 27: 165-175, 2017