Teacher or clinician: Which one is better at tackling anxiety and depression for teenagers?

Best Evidence in Brief Index

By Yueqi Zhang, Johns Hopkins University

Zhang and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of school-based mental health interventions focused on reducing anxiety and depression in K-12 students.  Stringent inclusion criteria and auxiliary moderators were used to analyze 29 studies of 32 programs.  A significant positive mean effect of school-based interventions on assuaging students’ symptoms of depression and anxiety was found, a contrast to past reviews on the subject. 

In general, a significant positive mean effect of school-based interventions on symptoms of depression and anxiety was observed (ES=+0.24), albeit possibly inflated due to publication bias. For K-12 students, interventions focused on anxiety were more effective than those focused on depression. In addition, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs were more common and had significantly larger effect sizes than other programs.

As in a previous meta-analysis, this study found that teacher-delivered interventions had a lower mean effect size than clinician-delivered interventions. However, in contrast…

View original post 149 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.