Effects of training on peer counseling responses to human sexuality problems

Barry B. Zwibelman, James J. Hinrichsen

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Examined the effects of an 8-hr human sexuality training program on the manner in which college-level peer counselors dealt with questions or problems related to pregnancy, birth control, or abortion. Pre-post training changes in peer counselor mode of response to 721 such cases were contrasted with a control group of 1,462 cases of non-sex-related personal problems. Following training, peer counselors significantly less frequently functioned solely as referral agents and significantly more frequently provided direct counseling or counseling plus referral for human sexuality cases but not for control cases. Thus, the effects of training were specific to the target class of problems. Differential effects were obtained for the 3 types of human sexuality problems. Implications of these results for the development and evaluation of paraprofessional training programs are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1977


  • human sexuality training program, responses to human sexuality problems, college-level peer counselors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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