Article Text

Download PDFPDF
No long-lasting effects of classroom-based cognitive behavioural and interpersonal prevention programmes on depressive symptoms in adolescents

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Jason L Horowitz

Correspondence to: Jason L Horowitz, University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry, F256 2B West, 2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA;



Are cognitive behavioural and interpersonal prevention programmes effective for preventing depressive symptoms in adolescents?


380 adolescents (average age 14.4 years) attending wellness classes in high school. These adolescents were not selected on the basis of having depressive symptoms or being at risk for depression.


Three high schools, Tennessee, USA; 2004–5.


Cognitive behavioural programme (CB-P), interpersonal psychotherapy-adolescent skills training programme (IPT-P), or no intervention (control). The prevention programmes were given in small groups (8–15 students) as weekly 90 minute sessions for eight weeks as part of wellness classes. Participants in the control group received their standard wellness curriculum (details not given).


Depressive symptoms (Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI) minus question about suicidal ideation, Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression …

View Full Text



  • Competing interests: None.