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How do Peers Influence Each Other's Mental Health and Help-Seeking in College?

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Daniel Eisenberg, Mick P. Couper

The broad question underlying our proposed research is "How do peers affect each other's mental health and related help-seeking attitudes and behavior in college?" Within this overarching question, we will address several specific questions related to how peers affect outcomes such as depression, anxiety, symptoms eating disorders, behaviors such as non-suicidal self injury and substance abuse, help seeking behavior, stigmatizing attitudes, and the amount and perceived quality of interactions among peers. Our research design will use a natural experiment based on the fact that many first year college students are randomly assigned to roommates, hallmates and resident assistants. Because of random assignment and the large amount of social contact indcued by living together, this approach can be used to identify the causal effects of peers' characteristics and behaviors. This research will yield the first evidence on peer effects for montal health and related behavior that is based on random variation in exposure to peers.



Project related indirect costs are held at 15% at request of sponsor.

Funding Period: 05/01/2009 to 04/30/2012

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