Initiative Description: A systematic review was conducted of school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety. Twenty-seven outcome trials were included.
Study Results: Results of the review indicated that most universal, selective and indicated prevention programs are effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents, with effect sizes ranging from 0.11 to 1.37.
Reference: Neil, A. L., & Christensen, H. (2009). Efficacy and effectiveness of school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(3), 208
Level of Evidence: Very Good