Educational or Curriculum

LARS & LISA Prevention Program

Initiative Description: School-based universal primary prevention program LARS&LISA. The program targets cognitive and social components of the social information processing model as follows: (a) five cognitive sessions focus on understanding the relations among cognitions, emotions, and behaviors, and teach how to identify and challenge negative cognitions; and (b) four social sessions train participants in assertiveness and social competence.

Study Results: Reduced depression symptoms in girls.

Reference: Pössel, P., Adelson, J. L., & Hautzinger, M. (2011). A randomized trial to evaluate the course of effects of a program to prevent adolescent depressive symptoms over 12 months. Behavior Research and Therapy, 49(12), 838–851.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good