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Using Group‐ Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Training to Improve Mental Health of SME Entrepreneurs in Pakistan

General Information

Project description

In regions marked by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV), entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face increased risk of experiencing chronic stress and poor mentalhealth. In turn, this can lead to poor psychological outcomes, hamper their business performance,and weaken the benefits of existing financial and business assistance programs.

The World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, in collaboration with the
Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit, launched a pilot
intervention to explore the effects of group cognitive
behavioral therapy (CBT) training - over and above the
effect of receiving cash grants - on reducing depression and anxiety and improving wellbeing among SME
entrepreneurs in conflict-affected parts of Pakistan.

Detailed information

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Final report

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Additional information

<h3>Does a third party implement the intervention or is this a collaboration with another team?</h3><div class="csp"><p>The World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice</p> </div>


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Who is behind the project?

Institution: World Bank
Team: eMBeD, Mind Behaviour and Development team

Project status:



Methodology: Experiment, Field Experiment
Could you self-grade the strength of the evidence generated by this study?: 1
Start date: 01/01/2019

What is the project about?

Policy area(s): Health, Mental Health, Labour and Employment
Topic(s): Violence
Behavioural tool(s): Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Date published:

25 June 2021

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