Adaptation of an internet-based depression prevention intervention for Chinese adolescents: From " CATCH-IT" to " grasp the opportunity

Kunmi Sobowale, A. Ning Zhou, Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, Sunita Stewart, Anita Tsang, Patrick Ip, Cecilia Fabrizio, Kwong Leong Wong, David Chim

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Background: There is a dearth of information on the compatibility of Western-developed, internet-based interventions that prevent onset and precipitation of depression in global settings. Recently, Project CATCHIT (Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitivebehavioral, Humanistic and Interpersonal Training), an information technology-based intervention, was adapted to prevent depression in Hong Kong Chinese adolescents. This paper evaluates qualitative data from consultations to develop a revised intervention of CATCH-IT for Hong Kong youth. Methods: A theoretical thematic analysis approach was used to analyze data. Materials from three consultation trips which included focus groups (2007), an expert panel (2007), a public health campaign (2009), and a joint primary care physician-social worker review group (2010) were compiled. Authors (KS and AZ) independently reviewed the data and applied the theoretical framework of behavioral vaccines to code the data. These data were subsequently consolidated to provide a coherent narrative analysis. Results: The cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral activation (BA), and resiliency modules were maintained, while the interpersonal therapy (IPT) modules of CATCH-IT were excluded in the Hong Kong adaptation. Concurrent self-reports of drinking, smoking, illicit drug use and gambling behavior were added. Rather than primary care consultations, social worker consultations may be the best point of entry for intervention. Conclusion: Socio-cultural relevance of psychotherapeutics and delivery context of internet-based interventions will require significant adaptation for the Hong Kong setting. However, because of community engagement throughout the process of adaptation, we believe the CATCH-IT intervention can be adapted for Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong with retained fidelity. The revised intervention is called " Grasp the Opportunity " .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Adolescence
  • Chinese
  • Depression
  • Hong kong
  • Internet
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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