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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2003 Apr-Jun;16(2):71-80.

Effect of the Teaching Kids to Cope (TKC) program on outcomes of depression and coping among rural adolescents.

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  • 1University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. krp12@pitt.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:

Incidence of depressive symptoms and lack of sufficient adaptive coping skills in adolescents.

METHODS:

A randomized controlled study to test the effectiveness of a group-administered, cognitive-behavioral interventions method, TKC, on rural adolescents (N = 89). Outcomes were measured by changes in the scores on an Adolescent Depression Scale and the Coping Response Inventory pre/post intervention, at 6 and at 12 months.

FINDINGS:

Results indicated improvement in depressive symptomatology and certain coping skills. Students in the intervention reported a higher use of cognitive problem-solving coping strategies.

CONCLUSIONS:

The role of a psychiatric nurse in the school system providing short-term psychoeducation interventions is a practical and effective mental health practice.

PMID:
12873069
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