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Tuesday, March 31 • 1:40pm - Saturday, March 15 • 1:55pm
Kirsten Christensen: Connection on Campus: Helping Resident Assistants Prevent Student Suicide

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Despite many universities having implemented suicide prevention programs, there have been no previous known between-groups design research studies on campus examining the efficacy of such programs. This study seeks to assess the efficacy of using Resident Assistants (RAs) as gatekeepers in suicide prevention in order to recognize students in distress and connect them with resources. RAs in one-half of the residence halls on campus received one-hour of specialized training in suicide prevention while the remaining RAs received one-hour of training in stress and time management. Results will examine help-seeking behaviors among residents with RAs in the treatment (suicide prevention training) and control (stress and time management training) groups as well as assess the impact of these programs on the RAs themselves. Differences will be explored across demographic groups. For this presentation I will examine the experience of RAs in both the treatment and control groups pre- and post-semester in regards to knowledge of resources, knowledge of signs of a suicidal student, attitudes towards seeking professional help, perceived competency, perceived stress, threshold of engagement with distressed and suicidal residents, and own help-seeking behaviors. These results will be used to inform changes and improvements to suicide prevention Resident Assistant training on campus. 

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Kirsten Christensen

Student: Psychology

Tuesday March 31, 2015 1:40pm - Saturday March 15, 2031 1:55pm EDT
Civic Center - Meeting Room A-1 - Ground Floor 505 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

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