Evaluation of a school-based program aimed at preventing depressive symptoms in adolescents
2015 (English)In: Journal of School Nursing, ISSN 1059-8405, E-ISSN 1546-8364, Vol. 31, no 2, 117-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 31, no 2, 117-125 p.
health education, mental health, high school, program development/evaluation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11779DOI: 10.1177/1059840514523296ISI: 000351473300006PubMedID: 24526572OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-11779DiVA: diva2:696809