The design and implementation of a depression prevention program
This study examined the impact of a depression prevention program based on interpersonal psychotherapy of depression. College students at risk for developing depression were selected and randomly assigned to the depression prevention program or to a wait-list control group. Levels of depression, together with assessment of self esteem, social support and social adjustment were compared in the experimental and control groups at pre- and post-intervention and at 3 month follow-up. At post-intervention, differences were found in three of the measures in the experimental group when compared to the control group. At 3 month follow-up, differences between the control and experimental group were found on all 4 measures. Over time, differences were found in the experimental group on all 4 measures. These changes were maintained at 3 month follow-up on one of the measures and continued to change in the hypothesized direction for the other 3 measures. The results of this study have important implications for the development of depression prevention programs in a variety of settings. ^
Karyn Mary Forsyth,
"The design and implementation of a depression prevention program"
Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access).