Print Email Facebook Twitter A Social Gradient in the Effects of the Skills for Life Program on Self-Efficacy and Mental Wellbeing of Adolescent Students Title A Social Gradient in the Effects of the Skills for Life Program on Self-Efficacy and Mental Wellbeing of Adolescent Students Author Pannebakker, F.D. van Genugten, L. Diekstra, R.F.W. Gravesteijn, C. Fekkes, M. Kuiper, R. Kocken, P.L. Publication year 2019 Abstract BACKGROUND: The goal of the current study was to evaluate the effects of the Social Emotional Learning program Skills 4 Life on mental health and its risk factors self-esteem, self-efficacy, and social interaction skills in students of secondary schools. METHODS: A cluster randomized controlled study was conducted, including 38 schools (66 classes; grades 7 to 9) for secondary education, with a 1 year and 20 months follow-up (teachers and students reports). RESULTS: The intervention was effective in improving self-efficacy, depressive symptoms, and teacher-reported psychological problem behavior, all after 20 months. Stratified analyses showed effects in mainly lower educational level students. CONCLUSION: The Skills 4 Life curriculum is effective in improving the mental health and self-efficacy among adolescents, especially for adolescents from lower educational level, a group that is most prone to ill mental health. © 2019, American School Health Association Subject AdolescentEffect evaluationMental healthPreventionSchool program To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:fb77df3f-22e4-400e-9b32-fc58217379ec DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12779 TNO identifier 867085 ISSN 2243-91 Source Journal of School Health, 89 (7), 587-595 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.