Supporting positive mental health development in adolescents with a group cognitive intervention

Pernilla Garmy, Agneta Berg, Eva K Clausson

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Abstract

Background: Supporting positive mental health development in adolescents is an important school health concern, but there is a need to investigate the suitability of the interventions used.
Aim: To investigate the experiences of school health professionals in conducting a universal school-based program aimed at preventing depressive symptoms in adolescents.
Methods: Twenty-two school health professionals participated in four focus groups. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.
Findings: The overall theme was “striking a balance between strictly following the manual and meeting the students’ needs”. Three subthemes emerged: “doing good and sowing seeds for the future”, “working with insufficient tools”, and “personal development as a professional and as an individual”.
Conclusions: School health professionals conducting the programme found it valuable in a school setting, but considered support from the school administration essential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-29
JournalBritish Journal of School Nursing
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Nursing

Keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Group Cognitive Intervention
  • School
  • Prevention Program
  • Depressive Symptoms
  • Adolescents
  • Experience
  • School Health Professional

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