The saving and empowering young lives in Europe (SEYLE) randomized controlled trial (RCT): methodological issues and participant characteristics

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dc.contributor.author Carli, Vladimir
dc.contributor.author Wasserman, C.
dc.contributor.author Wasserman, D.
dc.contributor.author Sarchiapone, Marco
dc.contributor.author Apter, Alan
dc.contributor.author Balazs, Judit
dc.contributor.author Bobes, Julio
dc.contributor.author Brunner, Romuald
dc.contributor.author Corcoran, Paul
dc.contributor.author Cosman, Doina
dc.contributor.author Guillemin, F.
dc.contributor.author Haring, C.
dc.contributor.author Kaess, M.
dc.contributor.author Kahn, J. P.
dc.contributor.author Keeley, Helen S.
dc.contributor.author Kereszteny, A.
dc.contributor.author Iosue, M.
dc.contributor.author Mars, U.
dc.contributor.author Musa, G.
dc.contributor.author Nemes, B.
dc.contributor.author Postuvan, V.
dc.contributor.author Reiter-Theil, S.
dc.contributor.author Saiz, P.
dc.contributor.author Varnik, P.
dc.contributor.author Varnik, A.
dc.contributor.author Hoven, C. W.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-08T16:37:20Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-08T16:37:20Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05-16
dc.identifier.citation Carli V, Wasserman C, Wasserman D, Sarchiapone M, Apter A, Balazs J, Bobes J, Brunner R, Corcoran P, Cosman D, Guillemin F, Haring C, Kaess M, Kahn JP, Keeley H, Keresztény A, Iosue M, Mars U, Musa G, Nemes B, Postuvan V, Reiter-Theil S, Saiz P, Varnik P, Varnik A, Hoven CW. (2013) 'The saving and empowering young lives in Europe (SEYLE) randomized controlled trial (RCT): methodological issues and participant characteristics'. BMC Public Health, 13 :479. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-479 en
dc.identifier.volume 13 en
dc.identifier.startpage 479 en
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1297
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1471-2458-13-479
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Mental health problems and risk behaviours among young people are of great public health concern. Consequently, within the VII Framework Programme, the European Commission funded the Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) project. This Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) was conducted in eleven European countries, with Sweden as the coordinating centre, and was designed to identify an effective way to promote mental health and reduce suicidality and risk taking behaviours among adolescents. OBJECTIVE: To describe the methodological and field procedures in the SEYLE RCT among adolescents, as well as to present the main characteristics of the recruited sample. METHODS: Analyses were conducted to determine: 1) representativeness of study sites compared to respective national data; 2) response rate of schools and pupils, drop-out rates from baseline to 3 and 12 month follow-up, 3) comparability of samples among the four Intervention Arms; 4) properties of the standard scales employed: Beck Depression Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-II), Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (Z-SAS), Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), World Health Organization Well-Being Scale (WHO-5). RESULTS: Participants at baseline comprised 12,395 adolescents (M/F: 5,529/6,799; mean age=14.9+/-0.9) from Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. At the 3 and 12 months follow up, participation rates were 87.3% and 79.4%, respectively. Demographic characteristics of participating sites were found to be reasonably representative of their respective national population. Overall response rate of schools was 67.8%. All scales utilised in the study had good to very good internal reliability, as measured by Cronbach's alpha (BDI-II: 0.864; Z-SAS: 0.805; SDQ: 0.740; WHO-5: 0.799). CONCLUSIONS: SEYLE achieved its objective of recruiting a large representative sample of adolescents within participating European countries. Analysis of SEYLE data will shed light on the effectiveness of important interventions aimed at improving adolescent mental health and well-being, reducing risk-taking and self-destructive behaviour and preventing suicidality. TRIAL REGISTRATION: US National Institute of Health (NIH) clinical trial registry (NCT00906620) and the German Clinical Trials Register (DRKS00000214). en
dc.description.sponsorship European Commission (Coordination Theme 1 (Health) of the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7), HEALTH-F2-2009-223091) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BioMed Central en
dc.relation.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/479
dc.rights © 2013 Carli et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 en
dc.subject SEYLE en
dc.subject Mental health promotion en
dc.subject Suicide prevention en
dc.subject Promotion en
dc.subject Well-being en
dc.subject Adolescents en
dc.subject Schools en
dc.subject RCT en
dc.subject Intervention en
dc.subject ProfScreen en
dc.subject QPR en
dc.subject Awareness en
dc.title The saving and empowering young lives in Europe (SEYLE) randomized controlled trial (RCT): methodological issues and participant characteristics en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Paul Corcoran, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: pcorcoran@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2013-09-11T11:08:44Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 229124123
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMC Public Health en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress pcorcoran@ucc.ie en


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