Long-term outcome of a school-based, universal approach to prevention of depression in adolescents

Susan H. Spence*, Jeanie K. Sheffield, Caroline L. Donovan

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    Abstract

    In this study, the authors examined the 2-, 3-, and 4-year outcomes of a school-based, universal approach to the prevention of adolescent depression. Despite initial short-term positive effects, these benefits were not maintained over time. Adolescents who completed the teacher-administered cognitive-behavioral intervention did not differ significantly from adolescents in the monitoring-control condition in terms of changes in depressive symptoms, problem solving, attributional style, or other indicators of psychopathology from preintervention to 4-year follow-up. Results were equivalent irrespective of initial level of depressive symptoms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)160-167
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
    Volume73
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

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