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An Internet-Based Multi-Approach Intervention Targeting University Students Suffering from Psychological Problems: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

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Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo), University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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BICAPP—Bicocca Center for Applied Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Department of Adult Psychiatry, Nîmes, University Hospital, 30900 Nîmes, France
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IGF, CNRS-INSERM, Université Montpellier, 34094 Montpellier, France
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CIBERSAM, 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Regina Lee, Michael Brown, Wai Tong Chien and Sally Chan
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2711; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052711
Received: 30 December 2021 / Revised: 11 February 2022 / Accepted: 17 February 2022 / Published: 25 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child and Youth Mental and Brain Health)
Despite the widespread prevalence of mental health problems, most psychological distress remains untreated. Internet-based psychological interventions can be an essential tool for increasing treatment availability and accessibility. The main objective of the MindBlooming project is to design and implement an innovative Internet-based multi-approach treatment for university students suffering from psychological or physical problems. The intervention will focus on symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, self-destructive thoughts, job- and study-related stress and burnout, and chronic pain. It will be based on different approaches, primarily psychoeducation, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and third-wave CBT. At the end of the treatment, user satisfaction and usability will be assessed. In addition, two further aims will be evaluating the treatment efficacy through a randomized controlled trial and tuning a predictive model through Machine Learning techniques. The intervention consists of a 7-week treatment on two problematic areas according to each students’ personal needs, identified through an initial assessment. Besides the treatment assigned following the initial screening, participants will also be assigned to a different module to improve their relational skills. The treatment, which can be accessed through a mobile app, consists of psychoeducational videos followed by related exercises. We expect MindBlooming to be a remarkable tool for promoting the mental health of university students. View Full-Text
Keywords: internet-based intervention; cognitive-behavioral treatment; university students; randomized controlled trial internet-based intervention; cognitive-behavioral treatment; university students; randomized controlled trial
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De Fabritiis, M.; Trisolini, F.; Bertuletti, G.; Fagadau, I.D.; Ginelli, D.; Lalopa, K.P.; Peverelli, L.; Pirola, A.; Sala, G.; Maisto, M.; Madeddu, F.; Lopez-Castroman, J.; Romano, D.; Gabbiadini, A.; Preti, E.; Micucci, D.; Calati, R. An Internet-Based Multi-Approach Intervention Targeting University Students Suffering from Psychological Problems: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 2711. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052711

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De Fabritiis M, Trisolini F, Bertuletti G, Fagadau ID, Ginelli D, Lalopa KP, Peverelli L, Pirola A, Sala G, Maisto M, Madeddu F, Lopez-Castroman J, Romano D, Gabbiadini A, Preti E, Micucci D, Calati R. An Internet-Based Multi-Approach Intervention Targeting University Students Suffering from Psychological Problems: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(5):2711. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052711

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De Fabritiis, Marlene, Federica Trisolini, Gloria Bertuletti, Ionut D. Fagadau, Davide Ginelli, Katiuscia P. Lalopa, Lisa Peverelli, Alessia Pirola, Gaia Sala, Marta Maisto, Fabio Madeddu, Jorge Lopez-Castroman, Daniele Romano, Alessandro Gabbiadini, Emanuele Preti, Daniela Micucci, and Raffaella Calati. 2022. "An Internet-Based Multi-Approach Intervention Targeting University Students Suffering from Psychological Problems: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 5: 2711. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052711

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