The Feelings Club: Evaluating a School-based Intervention for Children at Risk for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00164203|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 14, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 5, 2011
Anxiety and mood disorders are among the most prevalent mental health problems in childhood. They have severe long-term morbidity, and associated academic and social impairment.
Building on the investigators' experience with outcome evaluation in clinically anxious or depressed children, they propose to evaluate within the school system a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention for children in grades 3 to 6 with elevated symptoms of anxiety or depression on standardized questionnaires.
The participant's outcomes will be compared with those of similar children randomly assigned to an activity control group.
Hypothesis 1a): Children in the intervention condition will show greater symptom reduction relative to children in the control condition (primary outcome: anxiety symptoms).
Hypothesis 1b): Children in the intervention condition will show fewer symptoms during follow-up relative to children in the control condition.
Hypothesis 2: Children with anxious or depressive symptoms treated in the school setting using CBT have a lower risk of developing internalizing disorders within 1 year of treatment than children in a control condition.
Hypothesis 3: Self-esteem, anxiety and depression-related impairment, and academic functioning will improve more in intervention participants than in controls.
Hypothesis 4: School characteristics, child age, and attitudes of participating personnel are predictive of treatment response.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Anxiety Depression||Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Behavioral: School-based CBT Behavioral: activity control condition||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||150 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||The Feelings Club: Evaluating a School-based Intervention for Children at Risk for Depression and Anxiety Disorders|
|Study Start Date :||April 2005|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 2007|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||August 2011|
Experimental: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
School-based, 12-session protocol, weekly
Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
12-session, weekly, school-based protocol based on cognitive restructuring, tailored to children Grades 3 to 6; comparison with activity control condition of equal duration.Behavioral: School-based CBT
12 sessions, weekly
Active Comparator: activity control condition
Structured games and activities, weekly for 12 weeks
Behavioral: activity control condition
weekly games & activities x 12 weeks
- Children's Depression Inventory, Multi Anxiety Scale for children, Harter Inventory and Social Skills Rating Scale [ Time Frame: pre/post intervention; 1-year follow-up ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00164203
|Centre for Addiction and Mental Health|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1R8|
|Principal Investigator:||Katharina Manassis, MD||Centre for Addiction and Mental Health|