The pilot project Youth Cooperation and Coping was locally developed, organized, implemented and evaluated by Akershus University Hospital (Ahus) at the Center for Health Promotion in 2013-2014. This pilot site had long research-based experience in conducting groups for adolescents. The project was run by NK LMH (Petronelle Herbern, head project leader), and Sørlandet sykehus HF was the other pilot site. The project involved implementing educational group-based counseling programs in three groups: 1) adolescents from 12-16 years of age with long-term health problems, 2) young adults from 17-26 years of age with long-term health problems, 3) their parents/relatives.
The primary objective of the pilot project was to support the participants’ ability to take care of themselves and live a better life. If successful, the tested program could encourage the start-up of several group initiatives. In the past there were few options for group-based services, (independent of one’s diagnosis), particularly for youth. We wanted to reach more adolescents and young adults with a health promoting measure that could provide them with opportunities to live better with their long-term health problems.
The participants underlined the value of meeting others who are in the same situation. Together they felt motivated to work with the topics and activities in the program which helped them better articulate their situation. They also became more aware of themselves and developed new perspective on taking care of themselves and living a good life.
The group-based educational training program seemed to promote health among young people with long-term health problems. After the program, the participants experienced that they had more influence on their own health and wellbeing, and they had acquired strategies to cope with their health challenges.
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Karen Therese Sulheim Haugstvedt, Special Advisor, PhD
Telephone: +47 67 96 89 50
Address: Norwegian HPH, Akershus University Hospital
Postboks 1000, 1478 Lørenskog, Norway