Preventing Adolescent Depression in Mauritius: A Universal School-Based Program
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2010 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 86–91, May 2011
How to Cite
Rivet-Duval, E., Heriot, S. and Hunt, C. (2011), Preventing Adolescent Depression in Mauritius: A Universal School-Based Program. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16: 86–91. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00584.x
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
- universal school-based programs
Background: This study evaluated the efficacy of a universal prevention program for adolescent depresssion implemented by school teachers in Mauritius.
Method: 160 adolescents were randomly assigned to the prevention program or wait-list.
Results: Decreased depressive symptoms for the intervention condition were found post-intervention, but not at follow-up. Significant changes in self-esteem and coping skills were seen both post-intervention and at the follow-up.
Conclusions: The results, drawing from a culturally diverse population, suggest that universal programs such as RAP-A may be better seen as promoting positive mental health, rather than having direct prevention or intervention effects on clinical problems.