Life Skills Training for College Study
We were one of 40 sites around the country piloting Life Skills Training, a prevention program for incoming college students, teaching skills for coping with various challenges, including the transition to college, building healthy relationships, and preventing sexual violence, and substance use and abuse. The program entails online modules and in-person small-group activities, led by a Loyola staff member. While the national study examines effects of the intervention on behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge regarding program content, we added several variables to the Loyola sample, to examine other outcomes and moderators:
· Personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, openness to experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness
· Relational styles: empathy, social connectedness
· Well-being: self-efficacy, perceived stress
Graduate students coordinate the study with national partners and local staff, oversee participant screening/eligibility and scheduling, and observe sessions to rate them for fidelity.