CPSTF Recommends School-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs to Reduce Depression and Anxiety Symptoms
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends school-based cognitive behavioral therapy programs to prevent or reduce depression and anxiety symptoms among school-aged children and adolescents. Recommendations include two types of programs: Universal programs are delivered to all children and adolescents, and targeted programs are directed toward children and adolescents who are assessed to be at increased risk for depression or anxiety. Evidence showed small decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
A team of specialists in systematic review methods and in mental health research, practice, and policy assessed evidence from 81 studies identified in the following published review:
Werner-Seidler A, Perry Y, Calear AI, Newby JM, Christensen H. School-based depression and anxiety prevention programs for young people: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review 2017;51;30-47.
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