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Mental Health in the Developing World: Using Positive Psychology to Improve Psychological Well-being
Last registered on February 14, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Mental Health in the Developing World: Using Positive Psychology to Improve Psychological Well-being
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000627
Initial registration date
February 14, 2015
Last updated
February 14, 2015 10:48 AM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Princeton Unviersity
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
The University of Melbourne
PI Affiliation
Princeton University
PI Affiliation
Princeton University
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2014-11-01
End date
2014-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We conduct a randomized experiment to evaluate a light-touch psychological intervention in a developing-country setting. Numerous psychological studies suggest that simple, light-touch interventions are effective in improving psychological well-being, particularly in sub-clinical populations. However, little is known about the effectiveness of such interventions in developing-country populations. These populations are of particular interest because poor mental health is thought to be a barrier to development. Residents of an informal settlement in Kenya were randomly assigned to either a control condition, or an experimental condition in which they participated in a combination of psychological exercises aimed at improving psychological well-being over the course of two weeks. The psychological interventions consisted of a "Count Your Blessings" exercise encouraging participants to recall three good things about their life every day, a "self-affirmation" exercise in which participants wrote about their talents, and an "aspirations" exercise in which they were encouraged to think about their life goals. This document outlines the outcome variables and econometric methods we will use to assess the effect of the intervention on psychological well-being, aspirations, cognitive control, and decision-making.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Baranov, Victoria et al. 2015. "Mental Health in the Developing World: Using Positive Psychology to Improve Psychological Well-being." AEA RCT Registry. February 14. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.627-1.0.
Former Citation
Baranov, Victoria et al. 2015. "Mental Health in the Developing World: Using Positive Psychology to Improve Psychological Well-being." AEA RCT Registry. February 14. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/627/history/3608.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
See pre-analysis plan
Intervention Start Date
2014-11-01
Intervention End Date
2014-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
See pre-analysis plan
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
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Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
See pre-analysis plan
Experimental Design Details
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Randomization Method
See pre-analysis plan
Randomization Unit
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Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
See pre-analysis plan
Sample size: planned number of observations
See pre-analysis plan
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
See pre-analysis plan
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
See pre-analysis plan
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Princeton University
IRB Approval Date
2014-10-20
IRB Approval Number
6800
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Pre-analysis plan

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Uploaded At: February 14, 2015

Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers