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Facing unemployment: study protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a community-based intervention for psychological well-being promotion

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Virgolino, Ana
dc.contributor.author Heitor, Maria João
dc.contributor.author Carreiras, Joana
dc.contributor.author Lopes, Elisa
dc.contributor.author Øverland, Simon
dc.contributor.author Torp, Steffen
dc.contributor.author Guðmundsdóttir, Dóra
dc.contributor.author Miguel, José Pereira
dc.contributor.author Fátima Reis, M.
dc.contributor.author Santos, Osvaldo
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-28T10:58:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-28T10:58:48Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-19
dc.identifier.citation Virgolino, A., Heitor, M. J., Carreiras, J., Lopes, E., Øverland, S., Torp, S., . . . Santos, O. (2017). Facing unemployment: study protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a community-based intervention for psychological well-being promotion. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), 261. doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1416-x
dc.identifier.issn 1471-244X
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/362
dc.description.abstract Background Economic crises and unemployment have profound impact on mental health and well-being. Main goal of the Healthy Employment (HE) project is to enhance intersectoral actions promoting mental health among unemployed, namely through the implementation and effectiveness-evaluation of short-term and sustainable group interventions. Methods The project follows a RE-AIM-based (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance) framework for assessing a cognitive-behavioural and psychoeducational intervention that has been developed for promoting mental health among unemployed people. It is a short-term group intervention (five sessions, four hours each, 20 unemployed persons per group) focused on mental health literacy, interpersonal communication and of emotional regulation. Implementation of the intervention will be carried out by clinical psychologists, following a standardized procedure manual. Effectiveness will be assessed through a randomized field study with two arms (intervention and control). Participants are unemployed people (18–65 years old, both genders, having at least nine years of formal education) registered at public employment centres from different geographical regions for less than 12 months (including first-job seekers). Allocation to arms of the study will follow a random match-to-case process, considering gender, age groups and educational level. Three moments of evaluation will occur: before intervention (baseline), immediately after its ending and three months later. Main outcomes are mental health literacy, mental health related personal and perceived stigma, psychological well-being, satisfaction with life and resilience. Intention-to-treat and per-protocol analyses will be conducted. Cohen’s d coefficient and odds ratio will be used for assessing the size of the intervention effect, when significant. Discussion Scientific and clinical knowledge will be applied to promote/protect psychological well-being of unemployed people. While the first phases of the project are funded by the European Economic Area Grants, long-term assessments of the intervention require a larger timeframe. Further funding and institutional support will be sought for this purpose. Already established intersectoral collaborations are key-assets to reach long-term sustainability of this project. Trial registration The study was registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry; Prospectively registered number: ACTRN12616001432404; date of registration: 13 October 2016.
dc.description.sponsorship Public Health Initiatives Programme - EEA Grants Financial Mechanism PT06
dc.format.extent 261
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Springer Nature
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Psychiatry;17(1)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Psychological well being
dc.subject Mental health promotion
dc.subject Unemployment
dc.subject Economic crises
dc.subject Randomized field study
dc.subject Study protocol
dc.subject Líðan
dc.subject Atvinnuleysi
dc.subject Efnahagskreppur
dc.title Facing unemployment: study protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a community-based intervention for psychological well-being promotion
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal BMC Psychiatry
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12888-017-1416-x
dc.relation.url http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1186/s12888-017-1416-x.pdf
dc.contributor.department Miðstöð í lýðheilsuvísindum (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department The Centre of Public Health Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.school Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Health Sciences (UI)

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