A controlled evaluation of the ‘FRIENDS for Life’ emotional resiliency programme on overall anxiety levels, anxiety subtype levels and school adjustment
Article first published online: 26 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 13–19, February 2015
How to Cite
Rodgers, A. and Dunsmuir, S. (2015), A controlled evaluation of the ‘FRIENDS for Life’ emotional resiliency programme on overall anxiety levels, anxiety subtype levels and school adjustment. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20: 13–19. doi: 10.1111/camh.12030
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2015
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 FEB 2013
- separation anxiety;
- cognitive therapy;
- school adjustment
Anxiety constitutes the most common form of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence.
This randomised controlled study evaluated the ‘FRIENDS for Life’ school-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme on overall anxiety, anxiety subtypes and school adjustment. Sixty-two students aged 12–13 completed measures of anxiety and school adjustment before, immediately after and 4 months after completing the programme. Parents and teachers also rated the students on overall anxiety levels and school adjustment respectively.
The intervention group's ‘overall anxiety’ and specifically ‘separation anxiety’ reduced significantly during the programme and continued to decrease at the 4-month follow-up.
A significant negative correlation was found between anxiety and school adjustment. The professional implications of these findings are discussed.