M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Peer counseling of students
This thesis is a preliminary study of the qualities of people who chose to be peer helpers. A review of the literature on helping theories led to the conclusion that empathy and self-acceptance were necessary elements of a helper. This study hoped to lend support to this theory. The hypothesis stated that students electing to take a peer helping training course would have different levels of empathy and self-acceptance than those in a cooking class. These qualities were measured using a psychological inventory, and the scores of 115 adolescent subjects (n=115) were compared. There was no significant difference between students choosing different electives. Implications of these findings are discussed, as well as formats for future studies.
Sharp, William T., "Empathy and self-acceptance: necessary qualities of a peer helper" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 2005.