Educational or Curriculum


Initiative Description: A universal classroom-based mental health and social skills program for primary school students in Vietnam. RECAP-VN is a semi-structured program that provides students with classroom social skills training, and teachers with in-classroom consultation on program implementation and classroom-wide behavior management. It involves (a) classroom groups with the entire class, (b) classroom teachers, (c) small group sessions with RECAP participants, (d) individual sessions with RECAP participants, and (e) parents.

Study Results: Significant treatment effects were found on both social skills and mental health functioning. However, although program effects on mental health functioning were significant for both low and high risk status groups, program effects on social skills were only significant for low risk status students.

Reference: Dang H.M., Weiss B., Nguyen C.M., Tran N., & Pollack, A. (2017) Vietnam as a case example of school-based mental health services in low and middle income countries: Efficacy and effects of risk status. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 38(1), 22 41. doi: 10.1177/0143034316685595.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars  Good