Stress Reduction in a High Stress Population: A Service-Learning Project
Kimberly J. McClure Brenchley
Department of Psychology, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA
Lynn M. Donahue
Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA
Psychology students delivered stress and coping workshops to homeless adolescent mothers as part of a college service-learning project. In this vulnerable and underserved population, stress reduction is critical. Service-learning was used as an avenue to enhance student learning and growth while helping meet this need in our community. The psychology students developed deeper learning, professional skills, and social awareness. The adolescent mothers developed stress reduction skills that they were able to successfully implement. Challenges and recommendations for the implementation of similar service-learning projects are discussed.