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Pilot study of a primary care internet-based depression prevention intervention for late adolescents.

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The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

There is currently no depression prevention intervention available to adolescents in primary care.

METHOD:

Fourteen late adolescents evaluated the acceptability (performance and ratings), potential adverse effects (negative emotions), and benefits (pre/post measures of three risk factors for depression) of a combined primary care Internet-based depression prevention intervention. Nearly all participants engaged the website (13/14) and 8/14 completed the entire intervention.

RESULTS:

Completers reported high levels of readability and ease of understanding and low levels of negative emotions. Completers showed favorable trends for the targeted risk factors: depressive symptoms, dysfunctional thinking, and low social support.

CONCLUSION:

A primary care/prevention intervention may be acceptable and favorably impact risk factors for depression.

KEYWORDS:

Internet; attitudes; depression; prevention; psychotherapy; youth

PMID:
19030514
PMCID:
PMC2542920
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