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ERIC Number: EJ906924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0829-5735
The Prevention of Depression and Anxiety in a Sample of High-Risk Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Dobson, Keith S.; Hopkins, Jamie Ahnberg; Fata, Ladan; Scherrer, Martin; Allan, Lauren C.
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v25 n4 p291-310 Dec 2010
This study investigated the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques in preventing depression and anxiety in a group of adolescent high school students with elevated risk for developing emotional disorders. Students were screened using a measure of depression severity and clinical interview. Following screening procedures, students at risk for, but not currently diagnosed with, depression were randomly assigned to one of two intervention groups: a CBT (n = 25) or an active control group (n = 21). Assessment measures were administered before treatment, after treatment, and at 3- and 6-month follow-up. Both groups exhibited significant improvements in mood symptomatology and self-esteem outcomes over time. Significant differences between groups were not observed at posttreatment and two follow-up points of assessment. The efficacy of CBT techniques was also examined using a "benchmarking" strategy. The limitations of this study and future research directions are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory; Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale; Child Behavior Checklist; Childrens Depression Inventory; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale