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Trends in Incoming Student Responses to Sexual Assault Prevention Education

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Based on research literature and their past findings on student attitudes and behaviors, EVERFI will investigate tendencies in first-year student survey and assessment data in an attempt to unearth patterns of responsiveness to prevention programming. Using only data collected before entering the course, investigators found little to discriminate students into meaningful cohorts in the 150K+ sample. However, when taking pre and post course data into account, findings suggest that universal prevention is effective for the vast majority of incoming traditional college students and a small, but intriguing "backlash" group emerges that may require additional attention from prevention professionals. Analytical results will be presented in the context of implications for practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.

Prescription Drug Misuse: What Administrators Need to Know about “Study Drugs”

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While the majority of students believe misusing prescription stimulants is unethical, 17% of students have taken ADHD medication that was not prescribed to them and many incorrectly believe that the drug can help improve their academic performance. Students report stress as the second largest problem they face while attending school and often feel immense pressure to succeed. In order to reduce prescription drug misuse, key stakeholders on this issue must work together to shift the student mindset away from looking for a quick fixes and create a culture that values wellness and academic preparedness. While the majority of students believe misusing prescription stimulants is unethical, 17% of students have taken ADHD medication that was not prescribed to them and many incorrectly believe that the drug can help improve their academic performance. Students report stress as the second largest problem they face while attending school and often feel immense pressure to succeed. In order to reduce prescription drug misuse, key stakeholders on this issue must work together to shift the student mindset away from looking for a quick fixes and create a culture that values wellness and academic preparedness.

From the Top-Down to the Bottom-Up: Institutionalizing Effective Prevention

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Effective prevention efforts rely on system-wide commitment, infrastructure, appropriate staffing, and adequate funding. However, these foundational elements are often insufficient for supporting best practices for prevention. This session will provide insights on current institutionalization efforts across multiple domains, with models, frameworks, and strategies for garnering more buy-in and resources for prevention. Effective prevention efforts rely on system-wide commitment, infrastructure, appropriate staffing, and adequate funding. However, these foundational elements are often insufficient for supporting best practices for prevention. This session will provide insights on current institutionalization efforts across multiple domains, with models, frameworks, and strategies for garnering more buy-in and resources for prevention.

Leveraging Campus Policies to Create a Culture of Values and Accountability

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An important facet of a Public Health approach to prevention is an emphasis on policies to effectively deter behaviors that negatively impact students' ability to be successful at college and beyond. This session will present considerations for the development and implementation of policies that will best support and protect our students, whether it be from the environmental impact of high-risk drinking or the devastating effects of sexual violence. Resources to help guide the design of policies focused on preventing alcohol abuse and sexual violence will be provided and attendees will be encouraged to think about the processes currently in place at their institutions and whether or not they help or hinder the ability to create policies that will have lasting impact.

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Revisiting the Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Healthy Behaviors Among LGBT Students

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EverFi explored the challenges around designing prevention efforts that recognize and support the unique needs of LGBT students. Our research uncovered that one of the main roadblocks to doing the best work possible in this area is a lack of college-specific data being collected on these students. The addition of sexual orientation and gender identity questions to the Haven survey has provided the data necessary to uncover helpful insights about health-related attitudes and behaviors of this often overlooked population. This presentation explores those insights and their implications for developing and incorporating LGBT-focused prevention efforts.