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Web-based prevention and treatment programmes for internalising problems in youth: encouraging findings in an expanding research field
  1. Alison L Calear
  1. National Institute for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; Alison.Calear@anu.edu.au

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ABSTRACT FROM: Reyes-Portillo JA, Mufson L, Greenhill LL, et al. Web-based interventions for youth internalizing problems: a systematic review. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2014;53:1254–70.

What is already known on this topic

Anxiety and depression are common psychological problems among young people and are associated with a number of ill effects, including academic, social and emotional difficulties.1 Effective interventions have been developed to treat and prevent the development of these disorders, with a growing number of these now being delivered on the web. The expansion of anxiety and depression intervention programmes on the web reflects the reach and appeal of this medium among young people and the ease with which web-based programmes can be accessed.2

Methods of the study

25 research articles describing 17 studies (14 randomised controlled trials and 3 open trials) of 9 web-based programmes for anxiety and/or depression were identified in the current systematic review. 23 of these articles were obtained through PsycInfo, PubMed, Medline and Web of Science database …

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