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Use of weekly assessment data to enhance evaluation of a subjective wellbeing intervention

Colla, Lucia, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Tomyn, Adrian J., Richardson, Ben and Tomyn, Justin D. 2015, Use of weekly assessment data to enhance evaluation of a subjective wellbeing intervention, Quality of life research, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 517-524, doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-1150-0.

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Title Use of weekly assessment data to enhance evaluation of a subjective wellbeing intervention
Author(s) Colla, Lucia
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
Tomyn, Adrian J.
Richardson, Ben
Tomyn, Justin D.
Journal name Quality of life research
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 517
End page 524
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2015-10-13
ISSN 1573-2649
Keyword(s) Patient-reported outcomes
School intervention
Subjective wellbeing
Trajectories of change
Summary PURPOSE: While intervention effects in target outcomes have typically been tested based on change from baseline to post-intervention, such approaches typically ignore individual differences in change, including time taken to see improvement. The present study demonstrates how weekly patient-reported data may be used to augment traditional pre-post intervention evaluations in order to gain greater insights into treatment efficacy. METHODS: Two hundred and fifty-two adolescent boys and girls (M age = 13.6 years, SD = 0.6 years) from four secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, were assigned by school into control (n = 88) or intervention (n = 164) groups. The intervention group participated in a 6-week course designed to improve subjective wellbeing (SWB) by fostering resilience, coping skills, and self-esteem. In addition to baseline, post-intervention, and 3-month follow-up assessments of SWB, intervention group participants also completed weekly summarise of affective experiences for the duration of the intervention phase. RESULTS: While standard pre-post data showed significant improvement in SWB for the intervention group relative to controls, weekly data showed individual differences in the trajectory of change during this intervention phase; low SWB individuals experienced initial worsening of symptoms followed by improvement in the second half of the intervention phase, whereas high SWB individuals experienced initial gains, followed by a plateau from Week 4 onwards. CONCLUSIONS: Addition of weekly data provided greater insights into intervention effects by: (1) contradicting the notion that early responsiveness to treatment is predictive of level of improvement by post-intervention, and (2) providing data-based insights into ways to enhance the intervention.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11136-015-1150-0
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080461

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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