Stress prevention in adolescence: evaluation of a multimodal training approach
- 380 Downloads
Subject and aims
This paper reports on the development and evaluation of a stress prevention program for adolescents of grades 8 and 9. The program is based on the problem-solving approach and was developed on the basis of several evaluation studies. It consists of eight weekly training sessions with durations of 90 min each and is accompanied by an e-learning platform.
The first section of the paper reports on a preceding demand analysis and the initial development and evaluation of the stress prevention program. The second section summarizes the results of providing an additional e-learning platform. Eight online-lessons were designed in correspondence to the training sessions of the face-to-face intervention. The last section of the paper focuses on the results of an evaluation of an optimized training version including the successful elements of the face-to-face and the e-learning platform.
Results and conclusion
The results of the final evaluation study showed clear knowledge and self-efficacy improvement and reduction of stress symptoms. Moreover, the training led to positive assessments by most adolescents. Possible actions in contributing to an increase of the training effects beyond those already apparent in the current evaluation studies are additionally discussed.
KeywordsStress prevention Adolescence E-learning Evaluation
This study was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) and by a Health Insurance Company (Techniker Krankenkasse).
Conflict of interest
The author declares that there is no conflict of interest.
- Beyer A, Lohaus A (2006) Stresspräventionstraining im Jugendalter. Hogrefe, Göttingen, GermanyGoogle Scholar
- Currie C, Hurrelmann K, Settertobulte W, Smith R, Todd J (eds) (2000) Health and health behaviour among young people. Issue 1 of the WHO Policy Series: Health policy for children and adolescents. World Health Organization, CopenhagenGoogle Scholar
- Fridrici M, Lohaus A (2008) Sind Jugendliche “online” besser zu erreichen? Zur Internetnutzung bei Stresspräventionsmaßnahmen für Jugendliche. Prax Kinderpsychol K 57:39–59Google Scholar
- Kaplan PS (1999) A child’s odyssey: child and adolescent development. Wadsworth, New YorkGoogle Scholar
- McNamara S (2000) Stress in young people. What’s new and what can we do? Continuum, LondonGoogle Scholar
- Prochaska JO, Velicer WF (1997) The transtheoretical model of health behavior change. Am J Health Prom 12:38–48Google Scholar
- Rideout V, Roberts DF, Foehr UG (2005) Generation M: media in the lives of 8–18 year-olds. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CAGoogle Scholar
- Taylor CB, Jobson KO, Winzelberg A, Abascal L (2002) The use of the Internet to provide evidence-based integrated treatment programs for mental health. Psychiat Ann 32:671–677Google Scholar
- Velicer WF, Prochaska JO, Fava JL, Norman GJ, Redding CA (1998) Smoking cessation and stress management: applications of the transtheoretical model of behavior change. Homeostasis 38:216–233Google Scholar