Mental fitness in higher education: Intervention Mapping programme design

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dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Niamh
dc.contributor.author Lawlor, Martin
dc.contributor.author Chambers, Fiona
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Wesley
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-06T08:31:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-06T08:31:06Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation O'Brien, N., Lawlor, M., Chambers, F. and O'Brien, W. (2020) 'Mental fitness in higher education: Intervention Mapping programme design', Health Education, 120(1), pp. 21-39. doi: 10.1108/HE-09-2019-0042 en
dc.identifier.volume 120 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 21 en
dc.identifier.endpage 39 en
dc.identifier.issn 0965-4283
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10208
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/HE-09-2019-0042 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Higher Education Institutions observe that many students are experiencing mental health issues, such as high levels of anxiety and stress. Young adults are recognised as a vulnerable group who carry the burden of mental health problems worldwide. Mental health interventions can be effective in positively influencing students' emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Design/methodology/approach: In the current study, the principles of Intervention Mapping (IM) were applied to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of a specifically tailored mental health programme for a selected student cohort in a large Higher Education Institute in Ireland. Mixed qualitative (Delphi technique and focus group discussions) and quantitative (survey) data were gathered to gain a broad perspective of mental health concerns and learning needs among a sample of higher education students (n = 99). Findings: Existing evidence guided by theoretical frameworks were blended to create a specifically tailored mental health programme to meet the needs of higher education students in Ireland. Results indicate that the established six-stages of IM provide an empirical process that has the potential to effectively respond to the mental health needs of students in higher education. IM identifies the priority needs of students in higher education and ensures that suitable behaviour change techniques for mental health are addressed. 10; Originality/value: IM is a suitable method to critically and collaboratively develop a mental health intervention for the overall wellbeing of the general higher education student population, both nationally and globally. en
dc.description.sponsorship State of Mind Ireland (Ph.D. research project 2017-2020) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Publishing Limited en
dc.rights © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.subject Physical activity en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Mental health promotion en
dc.title Mental fitness in higher education: Intervention Mapping programme design en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Niamh O'Brien, Education, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: niamh.obrien@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2020-07-06T08:19:35Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 523328654
dc.contributor.funder State of Mind Ireland en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Health Education en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress niamh.obrien@ucc.ie en


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