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A REVIEW OF STUDIES ON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES TARGETING YOUNG ADULTS (18–24) IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS IN EUROPE

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Rynke Douwes ,

Rynke Douwes, MSc, is a member of the Research Group on Care and Welfare, Child and Youth Care at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. She also teaches courses in social work at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. She has a special interest in the mental health of students within vocational and higher education., NL
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Els Evenboer,

Els Evenboer, dr., is a senior researcher at the Department of Health Sciences at the University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen both in the Netherlands. Her research focuses mainly on practice and programme elements, care use, multi-problem families and children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems, NL
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Irene Krediet,

Irene Krediet, dr., is a member of the Research Group on Care and Welfare, Child and Youth Care at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. She also teaches courses on social work. After completing her doctorate in work psychology, she worked at Windesheim University and at the Hanzehogeschool University of Applied Sciences). She has participated in various studies relating to wellbeing and care., NL
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Janneke Metselaar

Janneke Metselaar, dr., is professor Child and Youth Care and member of the Research Group on Care and Welfare at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. After completing her doctorate at the Department of Special Needs Education and Youth Care of the University of Groningen. Her research focuses mainly on quality of youth services (prevention, child and youth care, inclusive education) and effectiveness of interventions, NL
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Abstract

A review of studies on mental health programmes targeting young adults (18–24) in educational settings in Europe
As students’ mental health and wellbeing are receiving increasing attention within educational institutions, this article presents a review of existing knowledge regarding the effectiveness of mental health and wellbeing programmes targeting young adults within educational settings in Europe. A literature search was conducted, and nine studies were found that matched the selection criteria. Programmes were analysed in terms of their characteristics, participant characteristics and study characteristics. All studies showed that such programmes have a small to moderate effect on at least some aspects of the students’ wellbeing that were targeted. Implications for both
practice and research include: involving end users in the programme development stage; taking into account the drop-out rates of students participating in a programme; considering carefully whether a group-based or individual-based programme is best; and focusing on the importance of embedding a programme in the respective organization. More research is needed to verify the findings and to further determine what makes a programme effective.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.574
How to Cite: Douwes, R., Evenboer, E., Krediet, I. and Metselaar, J., 2019. A REVIEW OF STUDIES ON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES TARGETING YOUNG ADULTS (18–24) IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS IN EUROPE. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 28(6), p.24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.574
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Published on 31 Oct 2019.
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