Reducing Stress and Enhancing Academic Buoyancy among Adolescents Using a Brief Web-based Program Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy : A Randomized Controlled Trial
Puolakanaho, A., Lappalainen, R., Lappalainen, P., Muotka, J., Hirvonen, R., Eklund, K., Ahonen, T., & Kiuru, N. (2019). Reducing Stress and Enhancing Academic Buoyancy among Adolescents Using a Brief Web-based Program Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy : A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(2), 287-305. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-018-0973-8
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Acceptance and commitment therapy programs have rarely been used as preventive tools for alleviating stress and enhancing coping skills among adolescents. This randomized controlled trial examined the efficacy of a novel Finnish web- and mobile-delivered five-week intervention program called Youth COMPASS among a general sample of ninth-grade adolescents (n= 249, 49% females). The intervention group showed a small but significant decrease in overall stress (between-group Cohen’s d = 0.22) and an increase in academic buoyancy (d= 0.27). Academic skills did not influence the intervention gains, but the intervention gains were largest among high-stressed participants. The results suggest that the acceptance and commitment based Youth COMPASS program may be well suited for promoting adolescents’ well-being in the school context.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research profiles, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis study was funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Central Finland Regional Fund, and the Multidiciplinary Research on Learning and Teaching profiling action financed by the Academy of Finland (No. 292466 for 2015–2019) and personal funding to RH from the Academy of Finland No 2016-2019.
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