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ERIC Number: ED520837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-8135-6
Smooth Move: A Psychoeducational Program for High School Seniors to Ease the Emotional Transition to College
Collins, Mary H.
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
The transition to college is considered to be a stressful time. Nearly all first year students experience loneliness, but many also experience stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts (Compas, Wagner, Slavia, & Vannatta, 1986; Nicpon, Huser, Blanks, Sollenberger, Befort, & Robinson Kurpius, 2006-2007; Oswald & Clark, 2003; Rayle & Chung, 2007-2008; Wei, Russell, & Zakalik, 2005). Although college orientations typically attempt to encourage formation of new social networks, they often focus on adjustment to the new academic demands students encounter and tend not to address skills for coping with the emotional transition to college. Cognitive behavioral techniques have been found to be effective in addressing many emotional issues. Research suggests that practicing cognitive behavioral skills aids in their incorporation into daily life. Additionally, students exposed to more perspectives on the transition to college, are better able to respond to transitional stressors. The opportunity to anticipate potential problems and develop coping strategies by practicing various cognitive behavioral techniques make high school seniors a good group to target for intervention. To date there is no program in existence that provides high school seniors with specific strategies for coping with the emotional transition to college. The proposed psychoeducational program will offer students the opportunity to learn about various emotional reactions they may have to the college transition by identifying the signs of depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse, eating disorders, and suicidality as well as teaching cognitive behavioral techniques to cope with these emotional reactions to the transition to college. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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