The beyondblue Schools Research Initiative: Conceptual framework and intervention

Susan Spence*, Jane Burns, Susan Boucher, Sara Glover, Brian Graetz, Debra Kay, George Patton, Michael Sawyer

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    Objective: To describe the rationale, conceptual framework and content or the intervention for the beyondblue Schools Research Initiative. Conclusions: The beyondblue Schools Research Initiative aims to prevent the development of depression in young people through increasing individual and environmental protective factors within the school context. The model draws on evidence that demonstrates the important role played by individual and environmental characteristics in buffering the impact or adversity. The school provides a forum in which both individual and environmental change may be produced in order to increase some of these key protective characteristics. The project also draws together health, education and other key services to provide more effective pathways to enable young people to receive professional help when required.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-164
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


    • Adolescents
    • Depression
    • Early intervention
    • Prevention
    • School


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