Journal article

Cluster randomised controlled trial of the e-couch Anxiety and Worry program in schools

Alison L Calear, Philip J Batterham, Carmel T Poyser, Andrew J Mackinnon, Kathleen M Griffiths, Helen Christensen



BACKGROUND: Anxiety is a common mental health problem in youth. The current study aimed to test the effectiveness of an online self-directed anxiety prevention program in a school-based sample and to compare two methods of implementing an anxiety program in schools. METHODS: A three-arm cluster stratified randomised controlled trial was conducted with 30 Australian schools. Each school was randomly assigned to receive: (1) externally-supported intervention, (2) teacher-supported intervention, or (3) wait-list control. All consenting students (N=1767) were invited to complete pre-intervention, post-intervention, 6- and 12-month follow-up questionnaires measuring generalised anxiety, social an..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. ALC, PJB, KMG and HC are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowships 1013199, 1083311, 1059620 and 1056964. We would like to thank Alison Parsons for her management of the Y-Worri trial, the e-hub team for their assistance in supporting the e-couch program, and the staff and students who participated in the study. e-couch is owned by the Australian National University. None of the authors derives any financial benefit from it.