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Contributions of universal school-based mental health promotion to the wellbeing of adolescents and preadolescents: a systematic review of educational interventions

Ariadna Martínez-García (Department of Research and Psychology in Education, Faculty of Education—Teaching and Learning Centre, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 3 May 2022

Issue publication date: 28 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to determine the contributions of universal school-based educational programs to the current and future worldwide youth mental health condition.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic search was conducted in accordance with the PRISMA 2020 guidelines. Academic education and health databases including ERIC, Education Database, APA PsycInfo, APA PsycArticles, Psychology Database, and PubMed were used. Characteristics and outcomes of educational interventions developed in school settings and education potential for mental health promotion were examined.

Findings

Universal school-based mental health educational programs positively affect preadolescents and adolescents. The study review provided further insight into educational programs' characteristics and identified two primary curricula foci: mental health education and development of resiliency traits and skills.

Originality/value

Research on mental health promotion using a pedagogical approach is rare as most studies focus on mental health symptomatology and psychotherapy techniques training.

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Acknowledgements

The author thankfully acknowledges the guidance of Susana Valverde Montesino, Prof., Complutense University of Madrid, who helped to provide insight and expertise in systematic review methodology that greatly assisted the research.

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Citation

Martínez-García, A. (2022), "Contributions of universal school-based mental health promotion to the wellbeing of adolescents and preadolescents: a systematic review of educational interventions", Health Education, Vol. 122 No. 5, pp. 564-583. https://doi.org/10.1108/HE-07-2021-0106

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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