A Trauma-Informed Approach for Positive Youth Development for Montana Students

Overview

Given the prevalence of suicide and mental health issues in rural Montana, this project is intended to help mitigate stressors that may contribute to poor behavioral and mental health in high school-aged children. The immediate goal is to determine viability of a partnership with a rural southwestern Montana school and test the feasibility of a piloted implementation of a trauma-informed yoga intervention to address behavioral health outcomes and positive youth development.

Full Title of Study: “A Trauma-Informed Approach for Positive Youth Development for Montana”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: N/A
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: March 19, 2020

Interventions

  • Behavioral: Trauma-Informed Yoga
    • Trauma-Informed Yoga practice held within a high school weight training class

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Experimental Group
    • 20 high school students in a weight training class will be assigned to this experimental group and will receive the one-hour intervention twice weekly for 8 weeks.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Salivary Cortisol Testing
    • Time Frame: 8 weeks
    • Students will provide a saliva sample in which cortisol levels will be analyzed through salivary assay kits (through Salimetrics.com). Samples will be collected on the first day of the intervention, halfway through the intervention, and on the last day of the intervention to determine if the intervention has improved stress levels (as indicated by a reduction in cortisol levels). A biostatistician will provide analysis and conclusion of these samples at the conclusion of the study.

Secondary Measures

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 Anxiety Scale
    • Time Frame: 8 weeks
    • This 7 item questionnaire is based on a likert scale of 0 (not at all) to 3 (nearly every day) for items related to anxiety disorders. The lowest score is a zero and the maximum score is a 21. A reduction in score from pre- to post-assessment indicates an improvement in symptomology.
  • Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents
    • Time Frame: 8 weeks
    • This 9 item questionnaire is designed to evaluate severity of depressive symptoms in adolescents. It is scored on a Likert scale from 0 (not at all) to 3 (nearly every day) on items linked to depression indicators. The minimum score is a 0 and the maximum score is a 27, and a reduction in score from pre- to post-assessment indicates an improvement in symptomology.
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for ages 11-17
    • Time Frame: 8 weeks
    • This 25 item questionnaire is a brief emotional and behavioral scale for adolescents based on psychological attributes. Items are scored on a Likert scale from 0 (Not True) to 2 (Certainly True); the minimum score is a 0 and the maximum score is a 0. A reduction in score from pre- to post-assessment indicates an improvement in symptomology.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Students enrolled in a specific weight training class at predetermined high school in rural Montana

Exclusion Criteria

  • Students not enrolled in a specific weight training class at predetermined high school in rural Montana

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 15 Years

Maximum Age: 18 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Montana State University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Lauren Davis, Assistant Professor – Montana State University
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Lauren E Davis, Doctoral, Principal Investigator, Montana State University
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Lauren E Davis, Doctoral, 8287736328, lauren.davis6@montana.edu

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