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Resourceful adolescent program



The Resourceful adolescent program (RAP) was developed to build resilience and promote positive mental health in teenagers. The program consists of three components, each promoting protective factors from a different perspective:

The RAP-A was developed to meet the need for a universal resilience building program for teenagers which could be readily implemented in a school setting. RAP-A is a positively focused program that consists of 11 sessions of approximately 50 minutes duration. The program is run with groups of adolescents varying in size from 8 to 16 students, usually as an integral part of the school curriculum (from grades 7 to 10). RAP-A attempts to integrate both cognitive-behavioural and interpersonal approaches to improve coping skills and build resilience to promote positive development.

The other two RAP components have also been developed to build resilience and promote positive mental health in teenagers: RAP-P targets family protective factors, such as increasing harmony and preventing conflict; and RAP-T seeks to assist teachers to promote school connectedness - a protective factor that has been shown to be very important in teenage mental health.

An Indigenous specific version of the RAP-P program has been developed, as some of the main ideas of the mainstream RAP-P were relevant, the adaptation of the program was required if it was to be relevant and useful for Indigenous communities. Additionally, an Indigenous supplement has been created to be used with Indigenous adolescents in combination with the mainstream RAP-A.


Professor Ian Shochet
RAP Director
Queensland University of Technology
Faculty of Health
School of Psychology and Counselling
Kelvin Grove campus
Victoria Park Rd
Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Ph: (07) 3138 4591
Fax: (07) 3138 0486

Related publications

Rigg A, Haswell MR (2013)

Case study of the Indigenous-adapted Resourceful Adolescents Program [RAP-A]: strengths, challenges and implications for policy and practice.

Sydney: Muru Marri, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW


Last updated: 1 June 2015
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