Introduction: Emotional difficulties pose a greater threat to the overall well-being and quality of life of adolescents. Despite the need, a gap exists between research and implementation of school based promotive interventions for the same. The present pilot study, a part of another main study, was an endeavour to examine the effectiveness of a universal intervention programme developed based on the felt needs of adolescents in the Indian context.
Materials and Method: The pilot study followed a prospective design. The themes generated during the exploratory study and focus group discussions, were incorporated into formulation of, an eight session universal intervention programme. A group of school (n=15) and college students (n=6) who underwent the programme, were assessed at baseline and post intervention.
Results: At post-intervention, both groups showed significant improvement in impulsivity and academic self efficacy. Also, college students showed significant improvement in emotion regulation and other blame. Academic self efficacy among males and perspective taking and emotional competence among females indicated a significant difference at post-intervention.
Conclusions: The pilot findings support the need, feasibility and effectiveness of emotional competence skills programs in the Indian context where help seeking for mental health related issues is low.
Keywords: Adolescence, Emotional competence, Intervention, India