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UPRIGHT, a resilience-based intervention to promote mental well-being in schools: study rationale and methodology for a European randomized controlled trial

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  • Carlota Las Hayas, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research, Spanien
  • Irantzu Izco-Basurko, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research
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  • Ane Fullaondo, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research
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  • Silvia Gabrielli, Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK)
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  • Antoni Zwiefka, Marshal Office of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship (MOLSV)
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  • Odin Hjemdal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Dora Gudrun Gudmundsdottir, The Directorate of Health in Iceland
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  • Hans Henrik Knoop
  • Anna Sigríour Olafsdóttir, University of Iceland
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  • Valeria Donisi, Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK)
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  • Sara Carbone, Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK)
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  • Silvia Rizzi, Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK)
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  • Iwona Mazur, Daily Centre for Psychiatry and Speech Disorders, Wroclaw Medical University
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  • Anna Krolicka-Deregowska, Daily Centre for Psychiatry and Speech Disorders
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  • Roxanna Morote, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Frederick Anyan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Mette Marie Ledertoug
  • Nina Tange
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  • Ingibjorg Kaldalons, University of Iceland
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  • Bryndis Jona Jonsdottir, University of Iceland
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  • Ana González-Pinto, Spanish Society of Biological Psychiatry (CIBERSAM), Ukendt
  • Itziar Vergara, Research Unit. AP-OSIs Gipuzkoa
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  • Nerea González, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research, Health Services Research on Chronic Patients Network- REDISSEC
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  • Javier Mar Medina, Hospital Alto Deba
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  • Esteban de Manuel Keenoy, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research
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  • The UPRIGHT consortium
Adolescence is crucial period for laying the foundations for healthy development and mental wellbeing. The increasing prevalence of mental disorders amongst adolescents makes promotion of mental well-being and prevention interventions at schools important. UPRIGHT (Universal Preventive Resilience Intervention Globally implemented in schools to improve and promote mental Health for Teenagers) is designed as a whole school approach (school community, students and families) to promote a culture of mental well-being and prevent mental
disorders by enhancing resilience capacities. The present article aims at describing the rationale, conceptual framework, as well as methodology of implementation and evaluation of the UPRIGHT intervention.
UPRIGHT project is a research and innovation project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No. 754919 (Duration: 48 months). The theoretical framework has been developed by an innovative and multidisciplinary approach using a co-creation process inside the UPRIGHT Consortium (involving seven institutions from Spain, Italy, Poland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland). Resulted is the UPRIGHT programme with 18 skills related to 4 components: Mindfulness, Coping, Efficacy and Social and Emotional Learning. Among the five Pan-European regions, 34 schools have been currently involved (17 control; 17 intervention) and around 6000 adolescents and their families are foreseen to participate along a 3-year period of evaluation. Effectiveness of the intervention will be evaluated as a randomized controlled trial including quantitative and
qualitative analysis in the five Pan-European regions representative of the cultural and socioeconomic diversity. The cost-effectiveness assessment will be performed by simulation modelling methods.
We expect a short- to medium-term improvement of mental well-being in adolescents by enhancing resilience capacities. The study may provide robust evidence on intrapersonal, familiar and social environmental resilience factors promoting positive mental well-being.
TidsskriftBMC Public Health
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019


  • resilience, mental health, positive psychology, teaching, learning, education

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