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Table 1 Original search strategy for electronic databases (+ denotes terms used for updated search in Sept 2012)

From: A systematic review of the effectiveness of mental health promotion interventions for young people in low and middle income countries

Mental health terms Origin Population Setting Intervention terms Related outcomes
Mental health + Middle income country+ Infant Home Promotion+ Gender
Psychosocial+ Low income country+ Child+ Pre-school+ Prevention+ Child health
Wellbeing+ Developing world+ Adolescent+ School+ Intervention+ Stigma+
Lifeskills+ Developing country+ Young people+ Classroom+ Program+ Discrimination
Empowerment+   outh+ Community+ Policy+ Primary care
Mental capital+   Adult Out-of-school+ Implementation + Maternal health
Resilience+   Worker Health service Evaluation+ Violence+
Social emotional+   Employee Workplace Home visiting Sexual health +
Mental health literacy+   Family   Early years HIV prevention+
   Indigenous community   Parenting Social capital
   Population group   Organizational Social networks
      Social functioning
      Microfinance+
      Micro-credit+
  1. Searches included: (* denotes multiple word endings including singular and plural).
  2. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Population AND Intervention Terms.
  3. e.g. mental health OR psychosocial OR wellbeing OR lifeskills OR empowerment OR mental capital OR resilience OR social emotional OR mental health literacy
  4. AND
  5. middle income countr* OR low income countr* OR developing world OR developing countr*
  6. AND
  7. child* OR adolescent* OR young people OR youth
  8. AND
  9. Promotion OR prevention OR intervention OR program* OR policy OR implementation OR evaluat*.
  10. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Population AND Setting.
  11. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Population AND Related Outcomes.
  12. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Setting AND Related Outcomes.
  13. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Related outcomes AND Intervention Terms.
  14. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Related outcomes AND Setting.
  15. Mental health terms AND Origin AND Related outcomes AND Population.