Effectiveness of an Adventure-based Cognitive Behavioral Program for Hong Kong University Students

Jia-Yan Pan*, Xiaoyu Zhuang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objectives: This pilot study developed an adventure-based cognitive behavioral intervention (aCBI) program and tests its effectiveness in improving the mental health of Chinese university students in Hong Kong. Method: A total of 217 undergraduate students participated in an aCBI program in the form of an interdisciplinary general education course in a university in Hong Kong. A battery of standardized online questionnaires was administered to the students before joining and upon completion of the course, and at a 3-month follow-up test. Results: The participants showed a significant reduction of psychological distress, perceived stress, depressive symptoms, and negative thoughts and emotions and a significant increase of positive thoughts upon immediate completion of the program. The positive effects maintained at the 3-month follow-up test. Conclusion: The integration of cognitive behavioral intervention and adventure training in a class setting might be an effective and feasible approach for the mental health counseling of university students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-237
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number2
Early online date19 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • adventure training
  • cognitive behavioral intervention
  • mental health
  • university students


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