Transition into high school and the prevention of mental health problems
Nova Science Publishers
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science / Lifespan Resilience Research Group
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.