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The outcomes of a school-based intervention for depressive symptoms in adolescents do not echo the promising findings of earlier studies
  1. Sally Merry
  1. Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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What is already known on this topic?

Depressive disorder, which frequently starts in adolescence, is costly both to individuals and to society at large.1 Most depression in adolescents is untreated.2 A number of studies have investigated classroom-based prevention and early intervention programmes to address the problem.3 While results from a number of randomised controlled trials are promising, most studies do not include an active comparison group and there has been little research demonstrating that these interventions remain effective when moved from research settings into the real world.

What this paper adds?

  • In this study, the intervention, which has some evidence of efficacy, was compared with the usual class curriculum and with an attention control group in a classroom setting, using a model of delivery that could be scaled up for national dissemination. Care was taken to address some of the weaknesses of previous studies with rigorous trial design conducted in a real-world setting, testing a model that could be implemented in practice and, …

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