Research suggests that people are more likely to hear and personalize messages, and thus to change their attitudes and behaviors, if they believe the messenger is similar to them and faces the same concerns and pressures. Numerous studies have demonstrated that their peers influence youth's health behaviors—not only in regard to sexuality but also in regard to violence and substance use. Peer education draws on the credibility that young people have with their peers, leverages the power of role modeling, and provides flexibility in meeting the diverse needs of today's youth. Peer education can support young people in developing positive group norms and in making healthy decisions about sex.
Read on to learn more about peer education and how adults can support it.
Youth in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Redressing Reproductive and Sexual Health Disparities Among Youth
Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV, and Other STIs
Peer Education Resources for Professionals
Interested in implementing or supporting a peer education program in your community? Read on for steps and strategies for planning, training, and evaluation.