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Impact of a Web Program to Support the Mental Wellbeing of High School Students: A Quasi Experimental Feasibility Study

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Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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Kids and Youth Development Research Unit, Research Center for Educational Innovations and Teaching and Learning Excellence, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prince of Songkla University, Muang, Pattani 94000, Thailand
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Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(14), 2473; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16142473
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 7 July 2019 / Accepted: 8 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue School Health and Wellbeing)
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Abstract

Little effort has been made to investigate the potential of web programs aimed to support the mental wellbeing of adolescents in school environments in middle-income countries. A quasi-experimental feasibility study was conducted in Thailand with adolescents (N = 180) in three conveniently sampled high schools and with teachers (N = 12) who acted as program tutors. The web program was used in small groups, independently, or it was not used at all. No statistically significant changes were found between the groups regarding depression, stress, or satisfaction. Differences between program users (n = 61) and non-users (n = 48) were not significant. Acceptance was higher among adolescents who used the program independently (n = 40, 73% vs. n = 21, 39%; p = 0.001). Usability feedback did not differ between the groups. Support should be provided in order for programs to be potentially used. More information is needed regarding factors associated with the use of web programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: information technology; adolescent; mental health; impact; acceptance; usability information technology; adolescent; mental health; impact; acceptance; usability
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Anttila, M.; Sittichai, R.; Katajisto, J.; Välimäki, M. Impact of a Web Program to Support the Mental Wellbeing of High School Students: A Quasi Experimental Feasibility Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2473.

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