• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 11th September, 2014

Want to stop depression from worsening among teens? Target their parents

When parents of at-risk adolescents learned how to improve their family’s communication and problem-solving skills, it helped to prevent their children from becoming increasingly depressed, a US study found – whether or not the young people had any treatment themselves.Along the way, the Adolescent Transitions Programme (ATP) secured the participation of almost 90% of the families in the unive…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 09th September, 2014

What can qualitative data tell us in effectiveness trials?

It is widely accepted that randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are the most rigorous way to evaluate the impact of an intervention. However, evaluation findings are often perplexing – what works in one context does not work in another.Qualitative data such as interviews collected during or straight after a trial help to put the results into context and interpret them, say a Norway-based team of…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 04th September, 2014

Does parent involvement in the treatment of separation anxiety disorder improve outcomes?

When children are terrified of leaving their parents, who should be the focus of treatment – kids, parents, or both? A new study turns up a surprising result: in a randomised trial, there was little difference between treating the children alone and treating both parents and kids.Children with separation anxiety disorder (SAD) have an intense and dysfunctional fear of being apart from their care…

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