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Work Toghether to Stop Truancy Among Youth

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.
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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)

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EESTI-ROOTSI VAIMSE TERVISE JA SUITSIDOLOOGIA INSTITUUT

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 232 360

CENTRE HOSPITALIER REGIONAL UNIVERSITAIRE NANCY

France

EU Contribution

€ 22 800

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 199 960

VADASKERT ALAPITVANY A GYERMEKEK LELKI EGESZSEGEERT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 24 007

CLALIT HEALTH SERVICES

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 354 160

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL MOLISE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 387 020

UNIVERSITATEA DE MEDICINA SI FARMACIE IULIU HATIEGANU CLUJ-NAPOCA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 164 560

UNIVERZA NA PRIMORSKEM UNIVERSITA DEL LITORALE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 22 800

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 199 960

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 241542

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2013

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 670 569,60

  • EU contribution

    € 2 995 947

Coordinated by:

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

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