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What influences peer-led sex education in the classroom? A view from the peer educators

Strange, V.; Forrest, S.; Oakley, A.; team, & the RIPPLE


V. Strange

A. Oakley

& the RIPPLE team


This paper is the second of two presenting data gathered from peer educators in the RIPPLE study—a randomized controlled trial of peer-led sex education in English secondary schools. Peer educators were recruited from Year 12 students (aged 16/17 years) in 13 schools in two successive cohorts in 1997 and 1998. Following a standardized training programme they delivered sex education sessions to Year 9 students (aged 13/14 years). Through analysis of 18 focus group discussions and of post-programme questionnaire data (n = 301), this paper aims to identify the issues and processes considered by peer educators to be important in implementing a peer education programme, and to examine peer educators' views on the relationship between themselves and the Year 9 students. Methodological issues arising when collecting, analysing and presenting such data are discussed, and some recommendations are outlined for carrying out school-based peer education.


Strange, V., Forrest, S., Oakley, A., & team, &. T. R. (2002). What influences peer-led sex education in the classroom? A view from the peer educators. Health Education Research, 17(3), 339-349.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2002
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2009
Journal Health Education Research
Print ISSN 0268-1153
Electronic ISSN 1465-3648
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 339-349