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The Prevention of Depression in Children: A Pilot Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2012

Anthony P. Hannan
Affiliation:
Penrith Community Health Centre, Sydney.
Ronald M. Rapee*
Affiliation:
Macquarie University. Ron.Rapee@mq.edu.au
Jennifer L. Hudson
Affiliation:
Macquarie University, Sydney and Temple University, USA.
*
*Address for correspondence: Ron Rapee, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia.

Abstract

Twenty, fifth- and sixth-grade students who reported mild depressive symptomatology were placed into a brief intervention program. The program was conducted over eight, weekly, 90-minute sessions and aimed to teach students depression management strategies and positive coping skills. Significant reductions in symptoms of depression, anxiety and externalising behaviour were found and maintained for six months. The results lend support to the effectiveness of this brief program for early intervention in depression. The potential for the program to prevent the later development of clinical depression and related problems is discussed.

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