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An Adolescent Mental Health Promotion Program in Nepal


May 15, 2016 - August 15, 2016

Project Objectives

Published research on mental health symptomatology among adolescents has expanded rapidly in recent years and indicates the presence of a growing public health concern (Bridge et al., 2006). The 2015 earthquakes in Nepal have led to increased psychological distress across all age groups, thus exacerbating the need for mental health services in this region (Cousins, 2016). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an effective intervention for transdiagnostic problems related to emotion dysregulation, may be an appropriate prevention intervention in this non-targeted population, given that DBT is grounded in South Asian principles of mindfulness (Courtney & Flament, 2015; Mehlum et al., 2014; Tørmoen et al., 2014; Woodberry & Popenoe, 2008). This study aims to evaluate a pilot randomized trial of a culturally adapted mental health promotion program developed using DBT principles (CA-DBT). The study will be conducted with students in several secondary schools in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. The program’s feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness will be evaluated using a mixed-methods approach. The cultural salience of CA-DBT will also be explored through development of explanatory models of mental health as well as gender differences in perception and uptake of the program.

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