According to an extensive 2013 survey conducted by the National Eating Disorder Association which examined 165 different college campuses to see what was being done on campuses nation wide to spread awareness about disorders as well as treat them. There is still a significant gap in perceived need and available counseling or nutritional services by staff specializing in eating disorders on college campuses throughout the country” (National Eating Disorder Association). Therefore, the purpose of this honors project is to develop a comprehensive training guide for resident advisors on Bowling Green State University’s campus to utilize in order to support and help residents who may be struggling with eating disorders. The hope in doing this is so that anyone who is struggling will be offered the highest level of care and support while still thriving in a university setting. Included in this guide are warning signs to look for in individuals, a list of do’s and don’ts, as well as a list of resources for residents to be referred to. The information in the guide was backed by research and review of current literature on the topic. This project is a combination of studies in the fields of social work and journalism and is targeted at a specific audience which is the Resident Advisors at Bowling Green State University.
In planning the project, a few research questions came to mind. First, what forms of training are already being offered for resident advisors concerning mental health topics? Another question that is the backbone of my project is, what are the most effective ways to handle a situation as delicate as this? Striving to answer these questions helped to guide the project in that it helped guide the choices of the most important topics to cover within the training manual.
Dr. Craig Vickio
First Advisor Department
Dr. Kelly Taylor
Second Advisor Department
Journalism and Public Relations
Smith, Danielle, "A Resident Advisor’s Guide to Students with Perceived Eating Disorders" (2015). Honors Projects. 178.