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Family interventions for adolescents in difficult settings

Everyone deserves a healthy and safe start in life. However, this is not always possible for young people due to factors such as violence, poverty and economic inequality. In Εastern Europe, risks for youth wellbeing have recently increased due to the war in Ukraine. Intervention programmes for youth and their families need to address individual and family risk factors in this context. The EU-funded FLOURISH project will evaluate, implement and adapt the Parenting for Lifelong Health programme for adolescents aged 10-14 years and their caregivers in Moldova and North Macedonia. The family programme will be combined in a service package with other programme components to strengthen adolescent skills for wellbeing. The research will also explore the needs of the Ukrainian refugees and ethnic minority families in both countries.


Young people in Eastern Europe face risks to their health and wellbeing due to factors including violence, poverty, inequality, and other adverse experiences, exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Programs focusing on the adolescent-caregiver relationship are an evidence-based solution to supporting adolescent health by addressing a cluster of common individual and family risk factors. Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) is one such program, developed for implementation and scale-up in low-resource settings. FLOURISH will adapt, implement, and evaluate the PLH Teens program. The program will be adapted to the service delivery and cultural setting of two countrywide health networks, in North Macedonia and Moldova, including the needs of the refugee populations from Ukraine. The program covers evidence-based skills, such as problem-solving and emotional regulation, for adolescents 10-14 years old and their caregivers. Through building skills and strengthening the adolescent-caregiver relationship, communication, and caregiver monitoring, the program has the potential to prevent and reduce multiple common mental health problems and risk behaviors, such as alcohol misuse, therefore reducing the risk of future non-communicable diseases. Informed by co-production with stakeholders and intervention process evaluation, FLOURISH will explore the cost-effectiveness of intervention components and test the final intervention package in a hybrid implementation-effectiveness randomized trial, as well as develop a scaling strategy informed by qualitative data and statistical modeling. The project will foster methodological innovation. FLOURISH will advance the uptake and scale-up of evidence-based, open-source, and sustainable family interventions for adolescents in low-resource settings, and therefore have a profound impact on reducing the risks for future non-communicable diseases.


Net EU contribution
€ 827 003,00
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
9020 Klagenfurt am wörthersee

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Südösterreich Kärnten Klagenfurt-Villach
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,49

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