Journal article

The effectiveness of simple psychological and physical activity interventions for high prevalence mental health problems in young people: A factorial randomised controlled trial

Alexandra G Parker, Sarah E Hetrick, Anthony F Jorm, Andrew J Mackinnon, Patrick D McGorry, Alison R Yung, Faye Scanlan, Jessica Stephens, Shelley Baird, Bridget Moller, Rosemary Purcell



BACKGROUND: The prevalence and burden of disease of depression and anxiety disorders in young people necessitates effective early intervention strategies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of low-intensity interventions (problem solving therapy (PST) and physical activity promotion) in young people (15-25 years) with mild-moderate depression and/or anxiety. METHOD: A 2×2 factorial randomised controlled trial (RCT) with factors of PST versus supportive counselling (control) and behavioural activation physical activity versus lifestyle psychoeducation (control). Help-seeking participants (n=176) were randomised to receive up to 6 manualised intervention sessions. Primary ..

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Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by beyondblue, the National Depression Initiative

Awarded by University of Melbourne

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded in part by: NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence Grant 264611; NHMRC Program Grant 566529; beyondblue, the National Depression Initiative funding LGC-000041; and University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant 600801 awarded to Dr Alexandra Parker. The funding bodies have had no role in the study design or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.