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Positive Youth Development Program for Mental Health Promotion in College Campuses: Stakeholder Perspectives

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The present study aimed at exploring stakeholder perspectives on felt need, potential content, receptivity and feasibility of a positive youth development program for mental health promotion in college campuses. Study objectives were attained through semi-structured interviews with 20 college faculty/administrators and five focus group discussions with 64 students across 16 colleges in a metropolitan city in South India. The need and relevance of a program for mental health promotion were endorsed by all the participants, and it was considered feasible with prior planning. Suggestions for potential content of such a program included mental health awareness, dealing with depression and anxiety, managing negative emotions, managing pressures and temptations, improving self-confidence, reflection and clarity about life goals, cultivating sense of gratitude, broadening other orientation, and time management skills. The content of intervention perceived as important by the two groups of stakeholders highlighted the broad convergences between the potential themes being considered by the researchers and the stakeholder views. Potential receptivity to the program was considered to be good though it was perceived to be influenced by the awareness about the importance of such a program. Suboptimal interest of college authority and/or students and competing academics and other programs were identified as potential challenges to program implementation. The findings are discussed with respect to implications for program development as well as for further research.

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Hameed, N., Mehrotra, S. & Murthy, P. Positive Youth Development Program for Mental Health Promotion in College Campuses: Stakeholder Perspectives. Psychol Stud 65, 76–86 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-019-00504-3

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Keywords

  • Stakeholder perspectives
  • Positive youth development
  • Mental health promotion
  • College campuses