Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Public Health and Health Promotion Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences

2 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Promotion Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences

3 Department of Psychiatric and Clinical Psychology, Children and Adolescents Health Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

4 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


AIM: This study aimed to investigate the effect of school‑based interventions on mental health among
adolescents in the southeast of Iran.
METHODS: This interventional quasi‑experimental study included a total of 420 adolescent girls
studying 10th grade in the public schools of Zahedan, Iran. Data were collected using general health
questionnaire‑28 questionnaire. After pretest, multidimensional interventions (individual education,
group education, individual consultations, modern education, and parents’ educational packages)
were given to the intervention group from October 2015 to June 2016. After a 3‑month interval, the
posttest was conducted in October 2016. Data were analyzed by covariance analysis.
RESULTS: There was a significant statistical difference between the changes in the mental
health scores after the intervention among the two study groups (P < 0.05). Furthermore, after the
intervention, moderate‑to‑severe mental health problems decreased considerably among the students
in the intervention group compared to controls. The greatest impact was on individual psychological
CONCLUSIONS: The results of the study showed that by applying group training and individual
counseling in the schools improves mental health. Therefore, identifying student problems and
parent–teacher cooperation as well as consulting with specialist counselors can be effective in
providing practical and effective solutions in this regard. Therefore, findings suggest that prioritizing
mental health and taking action on the field are of utmost importance.


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