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Work Toghether to Stop Truancy Among Youth

Objective

Truancy is a serious public health problem that affects adolescents from all countries around the world. In the United States, it has been reported that up to 35% of high school students skipped one or more days of school during a school year. However, little is known on the short- and long-term outcomes of underlying psychological and mental ill-health for those adolescents who truant. Research has indicated that truancy has severe and far reaching consequences, such as maladjustment, substance abuse, delinquency and crime. Most studies, performed in the USA, proposed mechanistic and law-enforcement interventions to prevent truancy. However this approach doesn’t take in consideration the psychological distress that is associated with this phenomenon and may even have negative consequences on adolescents’ well-being and mental health. The main objectives of the WE-STAY (Working in Europe to Stop Truancy among Youth) project are to gather epidemiological information on truancy on European adolescents; to perform intervention school-based programmes for adolescents, aimed at reducing truancy rates and improve mental health of students; to evaluate outcomes of the interventions, in comparison with a control group, from a multidisciplinary perspective including social, psychological and economical aspects; to recommend effective, culturally adjusted models for preventing truancy and promoting mental health of adolescents in different European countries. The WE-STAY project proposes to implement and evaluate outcomes of three different kinds of intervention against truancy: a) a universal intervention based on an awareness program for students, teachers and parents; b) a screening intervention aimed at identifying students at risk and refer them to mental health services; c) a combination of the above interventions. A mechanistic intervention to stop truancy will be used as control.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 388 320
Administrative Contact
Birgitta Möller (Ms.)

Participants (9)

EESTI-ROOTSI VAIMSE TERVISE JA SUITSIDOLOOGIA INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 232 360
Address
Oie 39
11615 Tallinn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Airi Varnik (Dr.)
CENTRE HOSPITALIER REGIONAL UNIVERSITAIRE NANCY
France
EU contribution
€ 22 800
Address
Avenue Mar De Lattre Tassigny 29
54035 Nancy Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Boulangè (Mr.)
UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 199 960
Address
Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kristin Sander (Ms.)
VADASKERT ALAPITVANY A GYERMEKEK LELKI EGESZSEGEERT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 24 007
Address
Huvosvolgyi Ut 116
1021 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julia Gadoros (Dr.)
CLALIT HEALTH SERVICES
Israel
EU contribution
€ 354 160
Address
Arlozorov Street 101
62098 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alan Apter (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL MOLISE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 387 020
Address
Via De Sanctis Ioc. Vazzieri
86100 Campobasso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Lucchese (Dr.)
UNIVERSITATEA DE MEDICINA SI FARMACIE IULIU HATIEGANU CLUJ-NAPOCA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 164 560
Address
Victor Babes Street 8
400012 Cluj-napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Horia Stefanescu (Dr.)
UNIVERZA NA PRIMORSKEM UNIVERSITA DEL LITORALE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 22 800
Address
Titov Trg 4
6000 Koper
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manca Drobne (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 199 960
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosa Corujo Quidiello (Ms.)