Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 267–282 | Cite as

Testing Restorative Narratives in a College Student Resilience Project

  • Elizabeth C. Ray
  • Laura Arpan
  • Karen OehmeEmail author
  • Ann Perko
  • James Clark


A new online program, The Student Resilience Project (, explores how institutions can effectively communicate health and resilience information to students. We investigated one key element of a pilot version of this program, specifically its use of video-based “restorative narratives,” which depict college students overcoming adversity using institutional resources. We proposed a theoretical model, which is supported by data from a survey completed by undergraduate students (n = 229) who viewed the videos. Results suggest that perceptions of restorative narratives can directly predict students’ behavioral intentions, including their intention to seek resources and to share content with other students. Perceptions of restorative narratives also influenced behavioral intentions indirectly via their influence on meaningful affect and outcome expectations, including the belief that advice and resources would help them and others. Based on the model, we offer evidence-based suggestions for web-based prevention programs.


Resilience Online training Restorative narratives Student wellbeing 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth C. Ray
    • 1
  • Laura Arpan
    • 1
  • Karen Oehme
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ann Perko
    • 2
  • James Clark
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Communication and InformationFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Family Violence StudiesFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  3. 3.College of Social WorkFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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