Evaluation of a School-Based Program Aimed at Preventing Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-125
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Nursing

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  • health education
  • mental health
  • high school
  • program development/evaluation

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