Evaluating differences in attitudes to mental illness, self-efficacy and stress, post transition-year intervention programme

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Gavin, Caitriona
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of school-based intervention programmes on attitudes to mental health, self-efficacy and stress in adolescents. Sixty, 15-17 year olds, who completed the Positive Mental Health intervention programme, were administered three tests; perceived stress scale, self-efficacy scale and a pop quiz on mental health, both pre- and post-intervention. This is a repeated measures design with the Positive Mental Health (PMH) Transition Year Programme as the intervention. Results were significant for self-efficacy which showed increased scores of post-intervention. While there was a reduction in mean scores for stress, they were not significant. No difference was found in tested knowledge of mental illness. The study showed that the intervention programme is effective in increasing self-efficacy. Author keywords: Intervention, secondary school students, stress, self-efficacy, mental health, attitudes, coping