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ABSTRACT FROM: Stockings EA, Degenhardt L, Dobbins L, et al. Preventing depression and anxiety in young people: a review of the joint efficacy of universal, selective and indicated prevention. Psychological Medicine 2016;46:11–26.
What is already known on this topic
Depression and anxiety in young people are major causes of disability. There is potential for prevention by using effective treatment strategies for the disorders, but previously effects for depression and anxiety have not been aggregated. In this paper, the combined effects of prevention programmes on depression and anxiety are examined.
Methods of the study
MEDLINE, PsycINFO and the Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews were searched for systematic reviews from 1980 to 2014, and randomised controlled trials (RCTs) from August 2010 to August 2014. No search for unpublished studies was undertaken. For the systematic reviews, these included reviews of RCTs of programmes to prevent the onset of either depressive or anxiety disorders in children aged 5–18 years, published in English, with outcomes that included valid diagnoses or symptom measures of anxiety or depression and data that could be extracted. The later search for RCTs was carried out to ensure studies published after the …
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