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An evaluative review of outcome research on universal mental health promotion and prevention programs for higher education students.
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PMID:  23768226     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract Objective: This review is the first large-scale attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of universal promotion and prevention programs for higher education students on a range of adjustment outcomes. Participants/Methods: The current review examined 83 controlled interventions involving college, graduate, and professional students, with a focus on 3 main outcomes: social and emotional skills, self-perceptions, and emotional distress. Results/Conclusions: Skill-oriented programs that included supervised practice demonstrated the strongest benefits, thus showing promise as a successful mental health promotion and preventive intervention. In comparing different intervention strategies, mindfulness training and cognitive-behavioral techniques appear to be the most effective. Furthermore, interventions conducted as a class appear to be effective, suggesting the potential for exposing higher education students to skill training through routine curricula offerings. This review offers recommendations for improving the experimental rigor of future research, and implications for enhancing campus services to optimize student success in psychosocial-and thus ultimately academic-domains.
Colleen S Conley; Joseph A Durlak; Daniel A Dickson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of American college health : J of ACH     Volume:  61     ISSN:  1940-3208     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Health     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214119     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-301     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Department of Psychology , Loyola University Chicago , Chicago , Illinois.
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