The Effects of a Brief Organization, Time Management, and Planning Intervention for At-Risk College Freshmen

Anne E. Stevens, Cynthia M. Hartung, Christopher R. Shelton, Patrick A. LaCount, April Heaney

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Abstract

College freshmen who are at greater risk to fail or drop out before attaining a bachelor’s degree are at a distinct disadvantage occupationally, economically, and socially. At-risk students (those who are academically underprepared) are six times more likely to drop out during the first year of college. This study sought to examine the effects of an organization, time management, and planning (OTMP) skills intervention with at-risk freshmen. Freshmen conditionally accepted at a public four-year university and enrolled in a first-year seminar intended to enhance academic success and retention participated in the study. Students completed online surveys regarding impairment, OTMP skill use, inattention symptoms, and executive functioning at the beginning and end of their first semester in college. Intervention students received three lectures (with take-home exercises) designed to teach OTMP skills. Students in the intervention group reported significant improvements compared to the control group on measures of impairment, as well as inattention, with medium to large effects across these significant findings. These results indicate that including OTMP training as one component of an intervention package may improve at-risk students’ adjustment to college.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-218
Number of pages17
JournalEvidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

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