Providing Freshmen with a Good “Starting-Block”: Two Brief Social-Psychological Interventions to Promote Early Adjustment to the First Year at University

  title={Providing Freshmen with a Good “Starting-Block”: Two Brief Social-Psychological Interventions to Promote Early Adjustment to the First Year at University},
  author={Mika{\"e}l De Clercq and Charlotte Michel and Sophie Remy and Beno{\^i}t Galand},
  journal={Swiss Journal of Psychology},
Grounded in social-psychological literature, this experimental study assessed the effects of two so-called “wise” interventions implemented in a student study program. The interventions took place during the very first week at university, a presumed pivotal phase of transition. A group of 375 freshmen in psychology were randomly assigned to three conditions: control, social belonging, and self-affirmation. Following the intervention, students in the social-belonging condition expressed less… 

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