Title

The Effects of Peer Sexual Health Education on College Campuses: A Systematic Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-24-2018

Publication Title

Health Promotion Practice

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: College peer health education groups have grown in popularity to provide information about health and wellness topics. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of peer education groups on reducing sexual health risks and increasing sexual health knowledge on a college campus. METHOD: The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses guidelines were followed in searching, extracting, appraising, and synthesizing the evidence. A quality assessment was also conducted. The review was conducted in April 2017. RESULTS: The initial search yielded 2,503 records. After critical appraisal, eight articles remained. Peer education was beneficial for increasing knowledge of sexual health topics and creating some behavior change such as increased condom use and HIV testing. Additionally, interventions developed specifically for women were effective. CONCLUSIONS: Peer education is an effective way to disseminate sexual health information and can be a reliable resource for college students.

Keywords

college health, health education, peer education, sexual health

Language

eng

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