Social well-being and engaged living (SWEL) intervention for Australian youth at risk of mental health and other adverse outcomes

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Adolescence is a period of rapid physical, emotional and social growth. Young people are faced with significant developmental challenges including the establishment of a stable identity, mastery of personal relationships and the achievement of major educational and vocational goals. Many young people lack the socio-emotional skills necessary to successfully negotiate the transition through adolescence, and are at increased risk of disengaging from education, family and community. Once disengaged, youth are at risk of a range of adverse outcomes such as reduced social and community participation in young adulthood and beyond. Much of this social disadvantage could be avoided if disengaged youth had access to effective prevention and early intervention programs.

This is the first clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of a telephone delivered intervention for improving the social engagement and emotional well-being of disengaged rural and urban youth. There will be 294 youth aged 12-25 years randomised to receive either (i) 8 sessions of Social Well-being and Engaged Living intervention (SWEL), (ii) 8 sessions of Befriending, or (iii) Single Session Psycho-Education. We will engage with the Aboriginal communities in our catchment regions through consultation and collaboration; employment and training of Aboriginal youth liaison officers; consultation, liaison and education with Aboriginal key workers in the community for referral of disengaged youth. Our unique intervention aims to foster positive social and emotional skills in adolescents, to decrease the risk of adverse outcomes and promote health enhancing lifestyles. It will facilitate the resumption of education, training or employment and enhance the social inclusion of disengaged youth. Our clinical trial will increase access to effective early intervention for disengaged urban and rural youth to improve the mental health and well-being of all young Australians.

Project Status
Ongoing Projects
Funding Body
National Health and Medical Research Council
Investigators
image - IHBI Leanne Hides
Associate Investigator
Ph +61 7 3138 6144
image - IHBI Leanne Hides
Associate Investigator
Ph +61 7 3138 6144
Other Investigators
Dr Helen Stain, Dr Christopher Jackson, Professor Rhoshel Lenroot, Dr Georgie Paulik, Dr Patrick McElduff, Dr Luke Wolfenden

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