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Master of Science



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Steven Danish


Leadership and goal setting skills were examined for 49 high school students who implemented a peer-led health and life skills program for sixth grade students. Participants completed surveys that included a leadership scale and a goal setting scale constructed for this study. and an adapted version of the Goals Inventory. Surveys were administered to the participants prior to a 3-day training (Time Point I), immediately following the training (Time Point 2). and at the completion of leading 12. 1-hour workshops (Time Point 3). The results indicate that high school peer leaders perceived an increase in both their leadership and goal setting skills. Results from retrospective pretest measures of the leadership and goal setting scales also indicate that the participants had overestimated those skills prior to their peer-leadership experience. The findings suggest that improved leadership and goal setting skills are ways that adolescents can benefit from a peer leadership experience.


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