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(p. 18) Peers as Culturally Relevant Change Agents 

(p. 18) Peers as Culturally Relevant Change Agents
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(p. 18) Peers as Culturally Relevant Change Agents
Author(s):

Tai A. Collins

, Meagan N. Scott

, Julia N. Villarreal

, and Bryn E. Endres

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190068714.003.0003
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date: 25 February 2021

As the United States’ school-age population has become increasingly diverse, it is critical that the curricula, instruction, assessments, and interventions in schools are culturally relevant, reflecting the values and lived experiences of children and families. In this chapter, we posit that peer-mediated interventions are viable strategies that can be used to improve the cultural relevance of interventions in schools. After reviewing culturally relevant school-based service delivery, we offer four reasons supporting the use of peers as culturally relevant change agents: (a) communal orientation, (b) preference for racial/ethnic match, (c) overcoming cultural mismatches in schools, and (d) near peer modeling.

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