The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP)
Initiative Description: The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) developed a 3-hour curriculum to teach high school students about the illness of depression. The curriculum addresses not only knowledge about depression but also attitudes about treatment. The curriculum reviews the steps in making a diagnosis of a medical condition, teaches the symptoms of depression in detail, and discusses the criteria for diagnosing major depression and bipolar disorder. ADAP also utilizes new educational tools, including an interactive video.
Study Results: Improved depression knowledge.
Reference: Swartz, K. L., Kastelic, E. A., Hess, S. G., Cox, T. S., Gonzales, L. C., Mink, S. P., & Raymond DePaulo, J. (2010). The Effectiveness of a school-based adolescent depression education program. Health Education & Behavior, 37(1), 11–22. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198107303313
Level of Evidence: Good