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Psychosocial Well-Being of Children and Adolescents: Intervention Effect and Impact Evaluation

  • Jorge Castellá SarrieraEmail author
  • Lívia Maria Bedin
  • Miriam Raquel Wachholz Strelhow
  • Javier Morales Sarriera
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Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 16)

Abstract

This chapter presents the implementation and evaluation of an intervention program regarding adolescents’ well-being, based on theory and research. The intervention was carried out using a quasi-experimental design, with one pre and two post-tests (immediately after – post-test, and 1 month after – follow up). Participants are 100 adolescents from two public schools in a south Brazilian city, aged from 10 to 14 years old (M = 12.18, SD = 1.39), of which 50.7% are boys. They were divided into two groups according to the pre-test results: adolescents with lower well-being rates were assigned to the experimental group (n = 48) and those with higher well-being rates were assigned to the control group (n = 52). The intervention was performed during school period throughout 1 week. The instrument was a questionnaire composed by the Personal Well-Being Index, and items related to indicators in each module. Analyses of variance for repeated-measures were performed (ANOVA-RM) within the experimental group to assess the intervention effect, and regression discontinuity analysis (RD) to assess the intervention impact by comparing the experimental and control groups. Results indicated that there was an increase in children well-being in the experimental group in the post-test; however, that positive effect disappears in the follow up assessment. The RD analyses showed significant differences between the control and experimental groups in the post-test, demonstrating a positive impact of the intervention. However, there were no differences between pre and follow up assessments, resulting in no lasting impact in the long term.

Keywords

Child well-being Intervention Evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Castellá Sarriera
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lívia Maria Bedin
    • 1
  • Miriam Raquel Wachholz Strelhow
    • 1
  • Javier Morales Sarriera
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Developmental and Personality PsychologyFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBostonUSA

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