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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(3), 487; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030487

Evaluation of “Healthy Learning. Together”, an Easily Applicable Mental Health Promotion Tool for Students Aged 9 to 18 Years

Institute of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Jena of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 2 February 2019 / Published: 8 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Health Intervention to Reduce Chronic Disease)
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Schools play an important role in adolescents’ health promotion. Due to the limited resources of teachers, there is a need for short-time interventions that can be easily implemented in a regular class without extensive training. Therefore, the tool “Healthy learning. Together.” was developed within a joint venture research project in Jena, Germany. The tool consists of a box with 60 exercises and a poster exhibition for students in 5th grade and higher. One thousand one hundred and forty four (1144) students (56% female) from nine schools were assessed at an interval of 10 weeks in a parallelized pre-post-design with class-wise assignment to intervention group (IG) and control group (CG). In the IG, regular teachers implemented the health promotion tool. Before and after the intervention social integration, class climate, self-efficacy (as primary outcomes) and mental and physical wellbeing (as secondary outcomes) were measured using standardized questionnaires. ANCOVA analysis revealed that students of the IG showed more positive changes on primary outcomes with small effect sizes. Additional implementation outcomes showed high teacher and student enthusiasm but sometimes low exposure rates. Regarding the relatively small amount of time and preparation for teachers to get noticeable effects, the introduced tool is suitable as a first step into health promotion for schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: school health promotion; disease prevention; mental health; wellbeing; social integration; class climate; self-efficacy; program evaluation school health promotion; disease prevention; mental health; wellbeing; social integration; class climate; self-efficacy; program evaluation
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Schwager, S.; Berger, U.; Glaeser, A.; Strauss, B.; Wick, K. Evaluation of “Healthy Learning. Together”, an Easily Applicable Mental Health Promotion Tool for Students Aged 9 to 18 Years. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 487.

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