Research review

Can we justify the widespread dissemination of universal, school-based interventions for the prevention of depression among children and adolescents?

Susan H. Spence*, Alison L. Shortt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This review examines the evidence concerning the efficacy and effectiveness of universal, school-based interventions designed to prevent the development of depression in children and adolescents. It evaluates the outcomes of research in relation to standards of evidence specified by the Society for Prevention Research (Flay et.al., 2005). The limited evidence available brings into doubt the efficacy and effectiveness of current universal, school-based approaches to the prevention of depression, suggesting that the widespread dissemination of such interventions would be premature. Relatively brief programs, that focus specifically on enhancing individual skills and characteristics of the individual in the absence of environmental change, may be insufficient to produce lasting effects in the prevention of depression among children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-542
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Prevention
  • School
  • Universal

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