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A longitudinal evaluation of the resilient families randomized trial to prevent early adolescent depressive symptoms

Buttigieg, Jason P., Shortt, Alison L., Slaviero, Tania M., Hutchinson, Delyse, Kremer, Peter and Toumbourou, John W. 2015, A longitudinal evaluation of the resilient families randomized trial to prevent early adolescent depressive symptoms, Journal of adolescence, vol. 44, pp. 204-213, doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.07.014.

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Title A longitudinal evaluation of the resilient families randomized trial to prevent early adolescent depressive symptoms
Author(s) Buttigieg, Jason P.
Shortt, Alison L.
Slaviero, Tania M.
Hutchinson, DelyseORCID iD for Hutchinson, Delyse orcid.org/0000-0003-3221-7143
Kremer, Peter
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W. orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Journal name Journal of adolescence
Volume number 44
Start page 204
End page 213
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-08-19
ISSN 1095-9254
Keyword(s) Adolescence
Depression
Depressive symptoms
Family intervention
Longitudinal
Trial
Summary This study aimed to evaluate whether an intervention prevented the development of depressive symptoms through the early years of secondary school (Grades 7 to 9 - mean ages 12.3 to 14.5 years) in Victoria, Australia. Twelve schools were randomized to a universal preventative intervention (including a student social relationship/emotional health curriculum, and parent/caregiver parenting education); 12 were randomized as control schools. Multivariate regression analyses used student self-report to predict depressive symptoms at 26-month follow-up (13-months after intervention completion) from baseline measures and intervention status (N = 2027). There was no overall intervention effect on depressive symptoms. However, intervention students with moderate symptoms whose parents attended parent education events had a significantly reduced risk of depressive symptoms at follow-up. Future evaluations of interventions of this type should investigate: therapeutic processes; methods to increase recruitment into effective parent education events; and the potential to target assistance to students with high depressive symptoms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.07.014
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077039

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