Virtual role-play: Middle school educators addressing student mental health

Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Glenn Albright, Jeremiah McMillan, Kristen Shockley, Seungjong Cho

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<b>Objectives:</b> In this study, we examined the impact of a virtual training program, Kognito At-Risk role-play simulation, on the mental health and suicide prevention gatekeeping skills of middle school educators. <b>Methods:</b> The validated Gatekeeper Behavior Scale was administered to 33,703 participants at baseline, post-training and follow-up. Helping behaviors were measured at baseline and follow-up. We also assessed preparedness, likelihood, and self-efficacy concerning leading conversations with youth about bullying and suicide. <b>Results:</b> Participants showed positive change from pre-test to 3-month follow-up on variables of interest. Hotelling's T<sup>2</sup> test indicated that, as a set, gatekeeper attitudes of preparedness, likelihood, and self-efficacy differed between pre-test and post-test, F (3, 33,512) = 16,283, p < .001, η<sup>2</sup> <sub>partial</sub> = .59. Number of students about whom gatekeepers were concerned (p < .05), number of students approached t
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-557
JournalHealth Behavior and Policy Review
StatePublished - 2019


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