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The benefits of being a Senior Peer Counselor


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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the benefits of being a Senior Peer Counselor, using both questionnaires and interviews. Thirty-six urban/suburban dwelling Senior Peer Counselors were queried about their life satisfaction before and after becoming Senior Peer Counselors. They were compared to a group of thirty-six active seniors living in a rural/suburban community. The increase in senior counselors' level of life satisfaction was statistically significant, however the difference between their final level and that of comparison group members was not statistically significant.

Three directors of Senior Peer Counseling programs were interviewed about their perceptions of the benefits of being a Senior Peer Counselor. Two main themes emerged from these interviews. The directors felt that group support had a positive affect on well-being, specifically, training and supervision, and that being a trained peer counselor had a positive affect on personal development. Recommendations are proposed for the development of Senior Peer Counseling programs that would train and utilize volunteer Senior Peer Counselors to have therapeutic relationships with their senior clients, thereby benefiting both.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Academic guidance counseling;
Developmental psychology;
Gerontology
Classification
0519: Academic guidance counseling
0620: Developmental psychology
0351: Gerontology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, Psychology, Life satisfaction, Peer counseling, Senior Peer Counselor
Title
The benefits of being a Senior Peer Counselor
Author
Goldman, Marsha Bari
Number of pages
94
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 67/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542629754
Advisor
Eiseman, Jeffrey W.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3212730
ProQuest document ID
305302944
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305302944
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