Symposium 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

UPRIGHT Implementation and Valuation Approach (#194)

Dora Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir 1 , Carlota Las Hayas 2 , Irantzu Izco-Basurko 2 , Ane Fullaondo 2 , Itziar Vergara 2 , Maider Mateo 2 , Nerea González 2 , Esteban de Manuel 2
  1. Determinants of health and wellbeing Directorate of Health, Reykjavík, Iceland
  2. Kronikgune, Basque Country, Spain

The UPRIGHT project focuses on enhancing well-being and preventing mental disorders by increasing resilience skills in adolescents. It's being implemented in five different EU regions. A cluster randomised control trial is conducted, with schools as the unit of randomisation. It involves 34 schools, 300 school personnel, 6000 adolescents and 6000 parents/tutors. Initially, secondary schools were randomly allocated to a control or intervention group. The UPRIGHT intervention will be implemented twice (Wave 1 and Wave 2) during a 3-year period. To evaluate it, a battery of tests for all stakeholders in both intervention and control schools will be administered three times (baseline, midterm and at the end of the intervention period). The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale and the Resilience Scale will measure mental well-being and resilience respectively. The Patient Health Questionnaire and the General Anxiety Disorder will report data on adolescents’ mental disorder symptoms.  Quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to assess UPRIGHT Programme effectiveness. Statistical analysis will compare scores across time to detect intra and intergroup changes. Qualitative methods will explore stakeholders´ satisfaction and experience with the programme.

3 learning objectives:

  • Study design of UPRIGHT.
  • Implementation plan of UPRIGHT programme.
  • Methods of evaluation in 5 European pilot regions.