The effects of a universal mental health promotion programme on depressive symptoms and other difficulties in Year Eight high school students in Queensland, Australia

Swannell, Sarah, Hand, Matthew and Martin, Graham (2009) The effects of a universal mental health promotion programme on depressive symptoms and other difficulties in Year Eight high school students in Queensland, Australia. School Mental Health, 1 4: 229-239. doi:10.1007/s12310-009-9019-4


Author Swannell, Sarah
Hand, Matthew
Martin, Graham
Title The effects of a universal mental health promotion programme on depressive symptoms and other difficulties in Year Eight high school students in Queensland, Australia
Journal name School Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1866-2625
Publication date 2009-12
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12310-009-9019-4
Volume 1
Issue 4
Start page 229
End page 239
Total pages 11
Editor Steven Evans
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
111714 Mental Health
1701 Psychology
920501 Child Health
920410 Mental Health
Formatted abstract
Abstract:  A 20-week universal mental health promotion programme (the Aussie Optimism Program), based on cognitive–behavioural intervention procedures and targeting cognitive and social risk and protective factors, was delivered to 417 year eight students (mean age 13 years) from three secondary schools in Brisbane, Australia. Students were assessed with the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, Children’s version, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire before and after completing the programme. Results indicated that the programme was most beneficial for students experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties before commencement of the programme; however, the lack of a control group and other methodological limitations prevents conclusions being drawn about the efficacy of this programme. Nevertheless, the results raise the question of whether the costs of developing and maintaining a universal mental health promotion programme outweigh the benefits of helping only a small proportion of students.
Keyword Universal mental health promotion
Depression
Adolescents
Early intervention
Aussie Optimism Program
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Created: Wed, 17 Mar 2010, 16:30:53 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital