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Survey says! Student wellness programming



Survey says!

Student wellness programming
Depression, even more than drug and alcohol abuse, should be a top concern for Skidmore’s wellness programs, according to the 58 responders to last issue’s survey. Helping students struggling with depression was ranked a “high priority” by 72 percent of the responders; offering help with drug problems topped the list for 65 percent, with help for alcohol abuse following right behind at 64 percent. Here are the “high priority” vote getters:

• depression 72%
• drug abuse 65%
• alcohol abuse 64%
• safe sex 60%
• sexual assault 56%
• stress 56%
• eating disorders 54%
• healthy diet 41%
• intimate relationships 41%
• relationship violence 36%
• fitness 34%
• sleep 32%
• healthy weight 27%

Most respondents—54 percent—felt that the most effective wellness-promotion strategy would be to hold workshops or presentations during freshman orientation. For programs specifically aimed at drug and alcohol problems, group workshops and peer-education sessions drew the most votes, at 57 percent, while substance-free housing and parental notification of violations were deemed useful by only 39 percent.

The survey takers were about two-thirds alumni and one-third parents. Among the alumni, just a few were from class years in the 1940s, ’60s, ’80s, and ’90s, but 11 were from the ’70s and 14 from the 2000s. —SR