Initiative Description: The intervention consists of twelve 1.5-hr to 2-hr sessions for groups of 6 to 10 adolescents, led by two professionals familiar with the cognitive-behavioral approach and experienced in a group and mental health intervention. Through 55 activities, adolescents learn the theoretical model underlying intervention, emotional education, cognitive restructuring techniques, self-control, and strategies to increase their number of pleasant activities in their daily lives. Moreover, participants develop relaxation techniques; social, communication, negotiation, and problem-solving abilities; their knowledge about depression; positive self-esteem and body-image; and study and schoolwork techniques. Lastly, three 2-hr sessions for parents are planned.
Study Results: Experimental-group students presented less cognitive distortions and better problem-solving strategies at post-treatment and follow-up.
Reference: Poirier, M., Marcotte, D., Joly, J., & Fortin, L. (2013). Program and implementation effects of a cognitive-behavioural intervention to prevent depression among adolescents at risk of school dropout exhibiting high depressive symptoms. Educational Research & Evaluation, 19(6), 561-577. doi:10.1080/13803611.2013.803932
Level of Evidence: Very Good