A pilot randomised control trial of a brief video to improve wellbeing in university students

Bagraith, Sukhveer (2012). A pilot randomised control trial of a brief video to improve wellbeing in university students Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bagraith, Sukhveer
Thesis Title A pilot randomised control trial of a brief video to improve wellbeing in university students
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-12-31
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Helen Stallman
Total pages 94
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary University students experience high levels of psychological distress that can negatively impact upon their academic success and quality of life. Many universities offer mental health services, however they tend to be under-resourced and can be inconvenient to access. Online mental health promotion is becoming an increasingly used alternative for students. This coupled with the uncommon format of a brief video intervention, provides a promising avenue to address psychological distress in students, but requires further research with regards to efficacy. The objective of this study was to conduct a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of a brief resiliency video designed for improving student mental health and wellbeing. It was hypothesised that the video intervention group would improve beyond the waitlist control group on self-report measures of mental health and wellbeing, resilience, connectedness, help-seeking and perfectionism. Eighty-six university students (M = 20.60 years; SD = 3.20 years) were recruited on a voluntary basis and randomly assigned to either the treatment group to watch the intervention video (n =43), or to a waitlist control group (n =43). Students completed the self-report measures at the commencement of the study, and at the conclusion 5 weeks later. A series of mixed factor ANOVAs and a MANOVA revealed no significant differences between the video intervention and waitlist control groups across any of the measured outcomes at follow-up. It was concluded that the results of this study did not support the efficacy of a brief video intervention to improve student mental health. However, the promise of a short online video intervention to improve student mental health still remains, and the limitations of this study are discussed to inform the direction of future research. The strengths of the study, as well as theoretical and practical implications are also discussed.
Keyword Psychological distress
Online mental health promotion
Efficacy of brief resiliency video

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