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Sheldon Middle School (SMS) reported above-average suicidal ideation and risky behavior (e.g., sexual activity, alcohol use) on the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, compared to state levels. Current literature highlights programs designed to reduce risky youth behavior. Little research exists on the feasibility of designing and implementing peer-created, peer-driven intervention programs. There is a gap around parent and faculty opinions surrounding the feasibility of these programs. We investigated the feasibility of partnering with students to design an empirically-based program that addresses some root causes of risky behaviors, then measured parent and faculty attitudes.


Leigh Ann Holterman PhD

University of Vermont

Joanna Jerose

Sheldon Vermont Public Schools


Adolescent Health, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Injury and Violence Prevention, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Social Determinants of Health

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Assessing the Feasibility of a Peer Developed Risk Reduction Plan in a Rural Middle School