Mental health and gender: Development and evaluation of a digital intervention for health promotion among informal caregivers


Women more frequently provide unpaid care than men, while at the same time being exposed to larger caregiving-related mental-health effects than male caregivers. Existing prevention and health promotion programs do not reach this user group of unpaid caregivers sufficiently. The M-Gender project addresses gender inequalities in the mental well-being of unpaid caregivers, taking into account the diversity between and within the gender groups. The objectives are: (1) To analyze gender norms and gender roles regarding their impact on gender inequalities in the mental wellbeing among unpaid caregivers, (2) the co-design of a gender-transformative digital health intervention to promote mental wellbeing with and for unpaid caregivers based on evidence-based techniques and methods, (3) the testing of the digital health intervention regarding its acceptance, use and impact on mental wellbeing. With the development and testing of this intervention, this project aims to provide new approaches for health promotion among this growing group of users that have so far been given little attention. Through the co-design approach, we expect the intervention to be tailored to the needs and demands of caregiving women, men and gender-diverse persons, more so than is the case with existing prevention and health promotion services. For this purpose, a close cooperation with the Leibniz Living Lab is planned.

Funding period

Begin:   April 2021
End:   March 2024


  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA)


Dr. phil. Tilman Brand