Training school personnel to implement a universal school-based prevention of depression program under real-world conditions

Paul H. Harnett*, Mark R. Dadds

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The present study evaluated the impact of a universal prevention of depression program [the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP)] when implemented under real-world conditions in a school setting. Prior research has found the RAP program to be beneficial for high-school students when the program was implemented by university staff selected, trained, and supervised by a research team. The present study evaluated the RAP program when implemented by existing school personnel. Separately, we measured the impact of a training program for facilitators, the quality of subsequent program implementation, and the student's response to the RAP Program. Results showed that, in response to the training program, facilitators believed they had acquired the knowledge and confidence to implement the program and that the quality of program implementation was acceptable. The study did not demonstrate a beneficial impact of the RAP program for the students. The results raise important questions regarding the extent of training and ongoing supervision facilitators require if the beneficial outcomes for students are to be maintained when interventions are implemented under real-world conditions in school settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-357
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of School Psychology
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent development
  • Depression
  • High schools
  • Prevention

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