A Parental Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents


Problem Statement: The Parental Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents (3PDA) is an innovative intervention - which includes contents that were never studied in depression prevention programs.Research Questions: There is few and inconclusive research on parental components in preventive interventions with youth.Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to describe the process of planning (structure, contents, specific goals, strategies and resources), implementing (parents groups sessions contexts) and evaluating preliminary efficacy data of 3PDA. Research Methods: An experimental group (16 parents) and a control group (33 parents) participated in the efficacy study of the 3PDA. The selection was carried out from a sample of parents of adolescents, considered as being “at risk” (scores between the 75th and the 90th percentiles on the CDI). The 3PDA is composed by 10 thematic sessions, developed during 5 weeks. Findings: Qualitative and quantitative analyses suggested a reduction of depressive symptoms in children. Conclusions: Conclusion: The 3PDA is a parental program that can improve the efficacy of The Adolescent Program for the Prevention of Depression (Arnarson Craighead, 2009). Future studies are needed, with larger samples.

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Child psychology, psychology, developmental psychology, psychological testing, psychological measurement, family psychology

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Pinheiro, M. D. R., Matos, A. P., Joaquim Costa, J., Örn Arnarson, E., & Craighead, W. E. (2015). A Parental Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents. In Z. Bekirogullari, & M. Y. Minas (Eds.), Cognitive - Social, and Behavioural Sciences - icCSBs 2015, August, vol 6. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 95-108). Future Academy. https://doi.org/10.15405/epsbs.2015.08.9