Journal article

A longitudinal evaluation of the Resilient Families randomized trial to prevent early adolescent depressive symptoms

Jason P Buttigieg, Alison L Shortt, Tania M Slaviero, Delyse Hutchinson, Peter Kremer, John W Toumbourou

Journal of Adolescence | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015


This study aimed to evaluate whether an intervention prevented the development of depressive symptoms through the early years of secondary school (Grades 7 to 9 - mean ages 12.3 to 14.5 years) in Victoria, Australia. Twelve schools were randomized to a universal preventative intervention (including a student social relationship/emotional health curriculum, and parent/caregiver parenting education); 12 were randomized as control schools. Multivariate regression analyses used student self-report to predict depressive symptoms at 26-month follow-up (13-months after intervention completion) from baseline measures and intervention status (N = 2027). There was no overall intervention effect on dep..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was completed with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Project Grant Nos. 251721), the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, and the Grosvenor Settlement Philanthropic Trust. Delyse Hutchinson was supported by a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the University of New South Wales. Parent recruitment was supported by pro bono work from the staff of Beaton Wellmark. The authors declare their independence from the funders and from any tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical or gaming industries or anybody substantially funded by one of these organizations. The funding bodies impose no contractual constraints on publishing. A potential conflict is noted in that John W. Toumbourou holds intellectual property responsibility for the Resilient Families intervention.