Program: Self Control (“Taking Action” Program for Depressed Youth)
Program Targets: Depression, Anxiety
Description: The use of self-observation to chart one's behavior to understand environmental triggers and in act strategies to effectively respond to those triggers. Several components comprise this treatment including social skills training, assertiveness training, relaxation and imagery, and cognitive restructuring.
Design: Two control studies with another intervention Compared to a waitlist condition and behavior-solving therapy, Self-control exhibited the most decrease in symptoms. Modifying the curriculum to increase the number of sessions and adding a parent component, compared to traditional counseling, participants at 7-month follow up reported few symptoms. Shown effective using a 12- session model and a 24-session model with monthly family meetings.
Population: 3-8, 6-12
Materials & TA: Manual and workbook available through Workbook Publishing at www.workbookpublishing.com . Kevin Stark, University of Texas at Austin, (512) 471-0267; Surgeon's General Report - Mental Health Kaslow and Thompson -- probably efficacious; Compton et al.