Special Issue "Adolescent Depression Prevention"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Editorial Board Member
Dr. Patrick Pössel
College of Education and Human Development University of Louisville Louisville, KY 40292, USA
Website: http://louisville.edu/education/faculty/possel
E-Mail: patrick.possel@louisville.edu
Interests: prevention of depression in adolescents; relationship between cognitive risk factors of depression, depressive symptoms, and physical health

Editorial Board Member
Dr. Jane E. Gillham
Psychology Department Swarthmore College 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081, USA
Website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/jgillha1/
E-Mail: jgillha1@swarthmore.edu
Interests: intersection of clinical psychology; developmental psychology and education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Depressive disorders in adolescents are an increasing and prevalent problem with extensive psychosocial consequences and high costs for society. A large body of epidemiological studies has shown prevalence rates up to 20% as well as high persistence rates into adulthood. Even sub-threshold depressive symptoms in young people are strongly associated with an increased risk of developing depressive disorders in adulthood. Thus, the World Health Organization considers prevention as one of the most effective strategies to reduce the burden associated with psychological diseases. Consistent with the WHO’s consideration, multiple prevention programs have been developed world-wide. However, many questions regarding the prevention of depression in adolescents are still unanswered.

While the specific research area within the special edition “Adolescent Depression Prevention” is not limited to contributions answering these questions, we are particularly interested in manuscripts that focus on the following questions:

-          Are the effects of prevention programs influenced by the cultural setting in which they are implemented?

-          What is the status of prevention (research) of adolescent depression in middle- or low-income countries?

-          Which type of prevention program (universal, selective, indicated) is most beneficial for whom and under what conditions?

-          What are the “active ingredients” of prevention programs?

-          What are the additional benefits of depression prevention programs? (What other outcomes do they affect?)

-          Do adolescent depression prevention programs have iatrogenic effects?

-          What forms of delivery (e.g., online) and/or settings (e.g., school-based) are most beneficial?

-          How can effective prevention programs be disseminated without losing their impact?

-          What is the cost-benefit of adolescent depression prevention?

Both empirical and review papers on any topic relevant to the prevention of depression in adolescents are welcome. We hope to create an issue that represents a truly global and state-of-the art perspective on adolescent depression prevention.

Dr. Patrick Pössel
Dr. Jane E. Gillham
Guest Editors


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  • adolescents
  • children
  • cost-benefit
  • culture
  • depression
  • dissemination
  • effectiveness
  • efficiency
  • minority populations
  • prevention
  • youth

Published Papers (2 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 4125-4139; doi:10.3390/ijerph110404125
Received: 18 October 2013; in revised form: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 8 April 2014 / Published: 15 April 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3803-3821; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403803
Received: 25 October 2013; in revised form: 6 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 4 April 2014
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Last update: 27 May 2013

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