How Well Does Peer Support and Self-help Work?
Evaluation of a peer support program (T2U) for first year Laurier students to help them cope with the transition to university (Pancer et al., 2006)
T2U consisted of groups of 10 students with more advanced students as group facilitators, 7 meetings in 1st term, 2 in 2nd term
By 4th year, 28% of control group had dropped out of university without completing a degree compared with 8% of those in T2U
T2U students also reported less stress, depression, and loneliness, more social support, better adjustment to university; and they got drunk less often