Evaluation of a school-based program aimed at preventing depressive symptoms in adolescents

Pernilla Garmy, Ulf Jakobsson, Katarina Steen Carlsson, Agneta Berg, Eva K. Clausson

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The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the implementation of a universal school-based cognitive behavioral program whose target is to prevent depressive symptoms in adolescents. The study had a quasi-experimental design with pretest, posttest, and a 1-year follow-up and provides an illustrative calculation for the implementation costs of the intervention. Sixty-two students (aged 14) and seven tutors participated. A majority of the students and all of the tutors were satisfied with the intervention. The students, both females and males, rated their depressed symptoms as significantly lower after the course; and for the females, this was maintained 1-year postintervention. The implementation costs for the initial 2 years were about US$300 per student. Positive effects of a universal school-based cognitive behavioral intervention aiming at preventing depressive symptoms in adolescents were found, especially among females.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)117-125
Antal sidor8
TidskriftJournal of School Nursing
Volym31
Nummer2
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2015

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