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Peer Education - Improved Mental Resilience


Strategy researched

Peer education in primary and middle school to improve mental health and resilience

Impact achieved

The study found that, with the intervention, the adolescents' target focus increased by 0.893 units, their emotional adjustment increased by 1.766 units, their interpersonal assistance increased by 1.722 units, and their total mental resilience increased by 5.391 units, compared to the comparison group. The specific unit effects were greater for boys than for girls.

Country of study


Research methodology

Cluster RCT


PLOS ONE; 2022

Journal paper title and link

The effect of peer education based on adolescent health education on the resilience of children and adolescents: A cluster randomized controlled trial

Excerpt from Abstract

"Peer education based on adolescent health education is effective for improving adolescents' target focus, emotional adjustment, interpersonal assistance, and total resilience, especially for males. Future research should devote more attention to positive cognition and family support as well as gender differences."


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