Journal article

The SENSE Study (Sleep and Education: learning New Skills Early): a community cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based sleep intervention to prevent depression and improve cardiac health in adolescence.

Joanna M Waloszek, Orli Schwartz, Julian G Simmons, Matthew Blake, Laura Blake, Greg Murray, Monika Raniti, Ronald E Dahl, Neil O'Brien-Simpson, Paul Dudgeon, John Trinder, Nicholas B Allen

BMC Psychol | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: Sleep problems are a major risk factor for the emergence of depression in adolescence. The aim of this study was to test whether an intervention for improving sleep habits could prevent the emergence of depression, and improve well-being and cardiovascular indices amongst at-risk adolescents. METHODS/DESIGN: A longitudinal randomised controlled trial (RCT) is being conducted across Victorian Secondary Schools in Melbourne, Australia. Adolescents (aged 12-17 years) were defined as at-risk for depression if they reported high levels of anxiety and sleep problems on in-school screening questionnaires and had no prior history of depression (assessed by clinical diagnostic interview)...

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