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Feasibility and Preliminary Outcomes From a Pilot Study of an Integrated Health-Mental Health Promotion Program in School Mental Health Services

George, Melissa W. PhD; Trumpeter, Nevelyn N. MS; Wilson, Dawn K. PhD; McDaniel, Heather L. BA; Schiele, Bryn BA; Prinz, Ron PhD; Weist, Mark D. PhD

Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000012
Original Articles
Abstract

The prevalence of unmet health and mental health needs among youth has spurred the growing consensus to develop strategies that integrate services to promote overall well-being. This pilot study reports on the feasibility and outcomes of a theory-driven, family-focused, integrated health-mental health promotion program for underserved adolescents receiving school mental health services. Parent and adolescent assessments conducted prior to and following the brief, 6-session promotion program showed significant improvements in family support, youth self-efficacy, health behaviors, and mental health outcomes. Clinician reports contributed to a characterization of the feasibility, acceptability, and future recommendations for the integrated program.

Author Information

Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Correspondence: Melissa. W. George, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (georgemr@mailbox.sc.edu).

Nevelyn N. Trumpeter was supported by T32 GM081740 (PI: R. Prinz); Dawn K. Wilson was supported by from R01DK06761, R01 DK067615-03S1A1, R01 HD072153 (PI: D.K. Wilson)]; Heather L. McDaniel was supported by R01MH081941-01A2 (PI: M.D. Weist)]; and Mark D. Weist was supported by R01MH081941-01A2 (PI: M.D. Weist).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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