9th International Conference on Psychiatry, Mental Disorders & Psychosomatic Medicine

  • Patricia Vuijk (Speaker)
  • Bul, K. (Contributor)
  • Charlotte Amesz (Contributor)
  • Marloes Rauws (Contributor)
  • Ron Weerheijm (Contributor)
  • Marieke Buil (Contributor)
  • Heleen Riper (Contributor)

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    “Developing a school-based depression prevention program for co-ruminating adolescent girls: An intervention mapping approach”

    Effectiveness of a blended school-based mindfulness program for the prevention of co-rumination and internalizing problems in Dutch secondary school girls: a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

    A growing body of literature indicates that adolescent girls who talk with close friends about interpersonal problems or worries in an excessive, speculative way and with an intense focus on distress (i.e., co-rumination) are at heightened risk for developing internalizing symptoms and disorders. However, to date, there are no prevention programs available that target high levels of co-rumination between adolescent girls. As such, we developed the blended school-based mindfulness prevention program Happy Friends, Positive Minds (HFPM) that targets co-rumination at the dyadic level, i.e., between two close female friends. This prevention program is designed to train emotion-regulation skills within the supportive close friendship context by facilitating dyadic as well as individual experiential learning (e.g., learning by reflection on experiences during the practices). The program comprises of 14 guided, weekly online lessons with mindfulness practices and psychoeducation, guiding the dyadic use of the eMental health application App yourself Happy. The goal of this program is to train 160 Dutch (80 dyads) high risk girls between ages 13 to 15 to shift dyadic maladaptive emotion regulation patterns to more adaptive emotion regulation strategies within their dyadic interactions, while continuing to reap the benefits of their close, intimate friendships and exploring healthy, new alternatives for excessive co-rumination. Our presentation will present the working mechanisms of the program. Furthermore, we will present the study design of the Happy Friends, Positive Minds cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. This cluster Randomized Controlled Trial will be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
    Period24 Jul 202325 Jul 2023
    Event typeConference
    LocationRome, ItalyShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational