Introduction: Truancy negatively affects almost every aspect in life, including: physical, mental health, social and economical conditions. WE-STAY (Working in Europe to Stop Truancy Among Youth) is a prevention program designed to reduce truancy and to promote mental health among European adolescents. Objectives: to evaluate the effectiveness of awareness program in the prevention of truancy. The awareness intervention will be dedicated to increasing consciousness about psychological factors associated to truancy. Aims: the major aim of WE-STAY project is to reduce truancy among European adolescents. Methods: the WE- STAY intervention carried out in 5 European countries In each country, a sample of 1600 pupils ages 14-18 will be randomized into one of four different intervention arms. Baseline evaluation of students’ lifestyle, coping styles, at-risk truancy, self-harm behaviours and mental health issues will be collected using a structured questionnaire. Results: the recruitment of schools and students is in progress. In the Molise region there are 58 schools, 15 vocational schools and 43 high schools, for a total of 15393 students. After the randomization, were selected 32 schools, 6 vocational schools and 26 high schools, for a total of 9.489 students, 4.166 males and 5.323 females. Conclusions: Truancy is often related to mental health problems and at-risk behaviours. Through the implementation of WE-STAY is possible to evaluate outcomes of different preventive programs and to recommend effective culturally adjusted models for preventing truancy and promoting mental health of adolescents.
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