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Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy has the potential to prevent and treat anxiety and depression in young people
  1. Georgina Cox,
  2. Jo Robinson
  1. Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Georgina Cox, georgina.cox{at}

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ABSTRACT FROM: Pennant ME, Loucas CE, Whittington C, et al. Computerised therapies for anxiety and depression in children and young people: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Behav Res Ther 2015;67:1–18.

What is already known on this topic

Depression and anxiety in children and young people (CYP) are associated with negative outcomes such as poor academic performance, social dysfunction and suicidal behaviour.1 ,2 Computerised technologies are widely used to deliver psychological therapy to CYP,3 however, their effectiveness in this population needs to be determined, as does the type of therapy being delivered for various subsets of the disorders (eg, specific phobia vs generalised anxiety disorder).

Methods of the study

A systematic search for English language studies in major databases (eg, PsycINFO, Embase and CENTRAL) from inception to June 2013 was conducted. RCTs of any computerised psychological therapy (eg, CBT, problem solving therapy, or interpersonal psychotherapy) delivered to CYP …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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