16 December 2016

Kopstoring: online preventative course for children of parents with a mental illness or substance abuse problems

Children of parents with a mental illness or substance abuse problems (abbreviated as COPMI and COSAP, respectively) have a high risk (50–66%) of developing the same problems. This has an impact on their health, wellbeing, social network and overall functioning. In an effort to prevent these problems, the Trimbos Institute collaborated with several mental health institutes to develop the online preventative course Kopstoring for children and young adults. Kopstoring is available nationwide. On 16 December 2016, Marla Woolderink obtained her PhD for her evaluation of this course. The process evaluation revealed that both the participants and the practitioners were positive about their expectations of and experiences with the course. The results of the clinical evaluation do not show any effects. In fact, it was found that clinical research on online interventions is severely hampered by outdated medical legislation, the current financial climate, the current youth care system and methodological problems.