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Development of a Family-Based Mental Health Program for Runaway Adolescents Using an Intervention Mapping Protocol

College of Nursing, Eulji University, 553 Sanseong-daero, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13135, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7794; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217794
Received: 14 August 2020 / Revised: 16 October 2020 / Accepted: 22 October 2020 / Published: 24 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health and Well-Being in Adolescence: Environment and Behavior)
The mental health and related quality of life of runaway adolescents are global public health issues. As few intervention studies have considered the family contexts of runaway adolescents, we aimed to develop an intervention tailored specifically to the needs of this population using an Intervention Mapping protocol. First, a literature review and interviews with runaway adolescents and youth shelter workers were conducted to create a logic model of the problem. Second, the behavioral and environmental outcomes were set to adapt to stressful situations and enable families to become more resourceful in dealing with family adversity, based on the results of needs assessment. Performance objectives and changeable determinants were also created by reviewing the pertinent theories and studies. Third, theory- and evidence-based methods to influence changes in the determinants were identified. Fourth, we designed an eight-session family-based mental health program incorporating individual and family approaches for runaway adolescents. Fifth, we determined that mental health nurses at community mental health centers linked to youth shelters would serve as the program implementers. Finally, we planned a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of our program on improving runaway adolescents’ mental health status and perceived family functioning. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; family conflict; homeless; intervention mapping; mental health; runaway adolescents; family conflict; homeless; intervention mapping; mental health; runaway
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Noh, D.; Choi, S. Development of a Family-Based Mental Health Program for Runaway Adolescents Using an Intervention Mapping Protocol. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7794. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217794

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Noh D, Choi S. Development of a Family-Based Mental Health Program for Runaway Adolescents Using an Intervention Mapping Protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7794. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217794

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Noh, Dabok; Choi, Soobin. 2020. "Development of a Family-Based Mental Health Program for Runaway Adolescents Using an Intervention Mapping Protocol" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 7794. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217794

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