Title

Transition into high school and the prevention of mental health problems

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Nova Science Publishers

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science/Lifespan Resilience Research Group

RAS ID

18767

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Woods, R. J., & Pooley, J. (2014). Transition into high school and the prevention of mental health problems. In Taylor, M., Pooley, J. A. & Merrick, J. (Eds.). Adolescence: Places and Spaces (pp. 59-72). United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Abstract

The prevention of mental health problems in adolescence is an important public health issue. This systematic review utilised a modified version of the Cochrane review model to examine existing programs aimed at the prevention of depression and anxiety in adolescence, with a particular focus on programs that assist adolescents in their transition into high school. The majority of the investigated programs delivered to this specific cohort had a cognitive-behavioural underpinning and showed significantly positive results when implemented in a methodologically sound manner. Future research needs to focus on prevention (using universal and selected interventions) and early intervention (targeted) programs that are delivered throughout the entire schooling period.

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