ERIC Number: EJ1070714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Can a Targeted, Group-Based CBT Intervention Reduce Depression and Anxiety and Improve Self-Concept in Primary-Age Children?
O'Callaghan, Paul; Cunningham, Enda
Educational Psychology in Practice, v31 n3 p314-326 2015
This pilot study examined the impact of a 10 session, group-based, early-intervention cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme (Cool Connections) on anxiety, depression and self-concept in nine 8-11 year old pupils in Northern Ireland. The intervention was facilitated by a teacher, education welfare officer and two classroom assistants, with support from the school's educational psychologist. A group of pupils identified by teachers as presenting with symptoms of anxiety and depression or low self-esteem and who scored in the mild, moderate or severe range of difficulties on the Beck Youth Inventories took part. Findings indicate statistically significant improvements in both anxiety (t(8) = -3.29, p < 0.017) and depression (t(8) = -3.06, p < 0.017) but not self-concept (t(8) = 2.63, p = 0.030). The article concludes with strengths and limitations of the current study, professional reflections on implementing a multi-agency, group-based, CBT intervention and implications for future research and educational psychology practice.
Descriptors: Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Pilot Projects, Foreign Countries, Intervention, Educational Psychology, Anxiety, Group Therapy, School Psychologists, Teacher Aides, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Depression (Psychology), Outcomes of Treatment, Elementary School Students, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory
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