Poirier, M., Marcotte, D., Joly, J. et Fortin, L. (2013). Program and implementation effects of a cognitive-behavioural intervention to prevent depression among adolescents at risk of school dropout exhibiting high depressive symptoms. Educational Research and Evaluation, 19(6), 561-577.

Program and implementation effects of a cognitive-behavioural intervention to prevent depression among adolescents at risk of school dropout exhibiting high depressive symptoms.
2013

The outcome evaluation of Pare-Chocs, a school-based cognitive-behavioural (CB) prevention program for adolescent depression, was conducted with 53 adolescents at risk of school dropout and exhibiting high depressive symptoms using a theory-driven evaluation model. Our results show a significant relationship between the intervention and proximal variables: Experimental-group students presented less cognitive distortions and better problem-solving strategies at post-treatment and follow-up. Greater participation intensity predicts less cognitive distortions and better problem-solving strategies at follow-up. Moreover, less cognitive distortions at post-treatment and follow-up are linked to less depressive symptoms. These promising results encourage future evaluative research on school dropout prevention programs linked with at-risk students’ characteristics. For practitioners, they suggest that the implementation of a CB prevention program for depressive symptoms in school settings could lead to decrease depression risk factors and improve protective factors among youth at risk of school dropout.


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