Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Nurse-led, 8-week cognitive skills group, conducted at school. In the first part of each group session, students were provided with didactic content on common teen stresses, self-image, coping, family relationships, and communication. In the second portion of each session, students participated in experiential learning by identifying their problems and engaging in concrete problem-solving tasks. The protocol provided for group discussion, role-play, problem-solving, worksheets, handouts, films, audiotapes, and group projects. Homework assignments were an integral part.

Study Results: Reduced depression symptoms.

Reference: Lamb JM, Puskar KR, Sereika SM, Corcoran M (1998). School-based intervention to promote coping in rural teens. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.23(4):187-94.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good