Journal article

Identifying prevention strategies for adolescents to reduce their risk of depression: A Delphi consensus study

Kathryn E Cairns, Marie BH Yap, Nicola J Reavley, Anthony F Jorm



BACKGROUND: Adolescence is a peak time for the onset of depression, but little is known about what adolescents can do to reduce their own level of risk. METHOD: This study employed the Delphi methodology to establish expert consensus on self-help prevention strategies for adolescent depression. A literature search identified 194 recommendations for adolescents. These were presented over three questionnaire rounds to panels of 32 international research and practice experts and 49 consumer advocates, who rated the preventive importance of each recommendation and the feasibility of their implementation by adolescents. RESULTS: 145 strategies were endorsed as likely to be helpful in reducing ado..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Author Cairns was funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. Additional funding for the study was provided by National Health and Medical Research Council Australia Fellowships to Author Yap (1061744) and Author Jorm (566652). The funding source had no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.