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School-based indicated prevention: a randomised trial of group therapy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul McArdle, David Moseley, Donna Hammal, Professor Ann Le Couteur


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Background: One hundred and twenty-two children identified by teachers as at risk for behavioural or emotional problems were randomly allocated to drama-group therapy or to a curriculum-studies control, based in school. Methods: One hundred and seventeen completed the intervention phase of the trial, which comprised 12 hour-long sessions. Post-intervention self-reports showed significant effects associated with both interventions. Results: However, there was a clear advantage of group therapy over both a waiting list control and curriculum studies, according to teacher reports. This was true also of categorical analyses focusing on those with the most severe symptoms. Conclusions: These analyses confirmed sustained teacher-reported improvement over a year-long follow-up period.

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Author(s): McArdle P, Moseley D, Quibell T, Johnson R, Allen A, Hammal D, Le Couteur A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Year: 2002

Volume: 43

Issue: 6

Pages: 705-712

ISSN (print): 0021-9630

ISSN (electronic): 1469-7610

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/1469-7610.00091


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