CPSTF Recommends School-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs to Reduce Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

Crossposted from The Community Guide

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends school-based cognitive behavioral therapy programs to prevent or reduce depression and anxiety symptoms among school-aged children and adolescents. Universal programs are delivered to all children and adolescents, and targeted programs are directed toward children and adolescents who are assessed to be at increased risk for depression or anxiety. Evidence showed small decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety.

A team of specialists in systematic review methods and in mental health research, practice, and policy assessed evidence from 81 studies identified in the following published review:

Werner-Seidler A, Perry Y, Calear AI, Newby JM, Christensen H. School-based depression and anxiety prevention programs for young people: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review 2017;51;30-47.

Why is this important?

  • Depression and anxiety are common among children and adolescents, and they can persist into adulthood, increasing risks for suicide, risk-taking behavior (e.g., substance abuse, sexual experimentation), teenage pregnancy, conduct disorder, delinquency, and poor academic outcomes.1-3
  • Among children aged 3-17 years, 3.2% have diagnosed depression and 7.1% have diagnosed anxiety.4

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Intervention Summary—read a summary of the evidence review and CPSTF finding for universal and targeted programs

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One-Pager—use these one-pagers for universal and targeted programs as a quick reference

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