Effectiveness of indicated school‐based interventions for adolescent depression and anxiety – Brioney Gee video abstract

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Brioney Gee gives a video abstract of her ‘Practitioner Review: Effectiveness of indicated school‐based interventions for adolescent depression and anxiety – a meta‐analytic review’ first published in Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry (JCPP) 6 April 2020.
Read the paper doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13209

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Interest in delivering psychological interventions within schools to facilitate early intervention is increasing. However, most reviews have focused on universal or preventative programmes rather than interventions designed to decrease existing symptoms of depression or anxiety. The paper aims to provide a meta‐analytic review of randomised controlled trials of indicated psychological interventions for young people aged 10–19 with elevated symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.

Full authors: Brioney Gee, Shirley Reynolds, Ben Carroll, Faith Orchard, Tim Clarke, David Martin, Jon Wilson & Laura Pass

Brioney Gee

Brioney Gee is a post-doctoral researcher working as part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s research development programme. Her research focuses on prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties in children and young people.



Your conclusion actually coincides with the findings of the recently published study in the AUS/NZ Journal of Psychiatry that overall, CBT is non-effective for depression and anxiety. When will the re-examining of this as an “evidence-based” intervention, start – as it appears, the only success is that psychologists are the only ones benefitting (financially). The 3 main causations of childhood mental health have not changed – bullying, domestic violence and divorce – so how does CBT change that for a child?


Hi Brioney, congratulations to you and your team on your great research & publication 👍


Hi Brioney, were any of the studies identified carried out in the UK?


I completely agree. We need to focus more on interventions for parents and adults rather than interventions for children and young people. In UK school-based counselling, the most common problems discussed were related to family conflict. If we want to help children and young people we need to help parents first.

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