Positive Deviance

How schools amplify psychological resilience - A Positive Deviance Inquiry

In the Netherlands many adolescents suffer from anxiety disorders and depression. Although various depression treatment and prevention programs have been developed for adolescents, those with a lower socioeconomic background and from minority immigrant groups (VMBO schools) are not adequately reached.

	
Interview with Martine Bouman, Center for Media & Health Interview with Arvind Singhal, University of Texas at El Paso Positive Deviance workshop June 2012 Target group Target group PD data analysis CMH team and partners CMH Positive Deviance Workshop CMH Positive Deviance Workshop CMH Positive Deviance Workshop PD school staff member shares his approach PD partners and PD school representatives with the final reports CMH PD workshop session at Oxford University Oxford PD workshop participants from all over the world

Positive Deviance

In the Netherlands many adolescents suffer from anxiety disorders and depression. Although various depression treatment and prevention programs have been developed for adolescents, those with a lower socioeconomic background and from minority immigrant groups (VMBO schools) are not adequately reached.

Together with its collaboration partners the GGD Rotterdam Rijnmond, the Trimbos-Institute and the University of Texas in El Paso, the Center for Media & Health implements a research project on the “positive deviants” at VMBO schools in Rotterdam. The central question is: How does it come that some schools, having the same background and resources available, perform better against all expectations than other schools? On the basis of the Youth Monitor Research (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) schools will be indentified which represent a positive exception (SDQ larger than 10). Together with parents, pupils, staff members of the schools and the whole community, research will be conducted on the questions (1) what exactly makes the positive difference and (2) how these insights can be used to inspire other schools to enhance the mental resilience of young people who are vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders.

Quote, Dr. Arvind Singhal, University of Texas at El Paso (USA):“This PD project of the Center for Media & Health is a historic PD project. Not only for the Netherlands. There is no other PD project in the world that I know of, that has been carried out in the last 25 years with this kind of systematic approach.
 

Publications & Downloads

  • Center for Media & Health (2012): Project summary “Identifying and amplifying existing wisdom: Utilizing the Positive Deviance Approach to enhance psychological resilience amongst adolescents vulnerable to depression and anxiety”, Center for Media & Health, Gouda, 2012. Click here to download the article
  • The Communication Initiative Network (2014a): Utilising the Positive Deviance Approach in Netherlands to Enhance Psychological Resilience amongst Adolescents Vulnerable to Depression and Anxiety, Center for Media & Health, Gouda. Click here to read the article
  • M. Bouman, S. Lubjuhn, & A. Singhal (2014): What explains enhanced psychological resilience of students at VMBO schools in the Netherlands? The Positive Deviance Approach in Action. Center for Media & Health, Gouda, the Netherlands. Report accepted by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). Click here to download the report
  • The Communication Initiative Network (2014b): What explains enhanced psychological resilience of students at VMBO schools in the Netherlands? The Positive Deviance Approach in Action. Center for Media & Health Center for Media & Health, Gouda. Click here to read the article
  • M. Bouman, S. Lubjuhn, & A. Singhal (2014). Identifying and amplifying existing wisdom: Utilizing the Positive Deviance Approach to enhance psychological resilience amongst adolescents vulnerable to depression and anxiety, eindrapportage ZonMw, Centrum Media & Gezondheid, Gouda (Dutch publication).
  • M. Bouman, S. Lubjuhn, & A. Singhal (2014). Een positieve uitzondering in mentale weerbaarheid. Onderzoeksrapport Lucia Petrus Mavo, Centrum Media & Gezondheid, Gouda.
  • M. Bouman, S. Lubjuhn, & A. Singhal (2014). Een positieve uitzondering in mentale weerbaarheid. Onderzoeksrapport Mavo Delfshaven, Centrum Media & Gezondheid, Gouda.
  • M. Bouman, S. Lubjuhn, & A. Singhal (2014). Een positieve uitzondering in mentale weerbaarheid. Onderzoeksrapport Libanon Lyceum, Centrum Media & Gezondheid, Gouda.


 

Focus

Consultancy
Media production
Research
Training and Capacity Building

In collaboration with

Rotterdam-Rijnmond Public Health Service (GGD)
Trimbos Institute
University of Texas at El Paso, USA
ZonMw - The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development