Overview of meta-analyses of the prevention of mental health, substance use, and conduct problems

Irwin Sandler, Sharlene A. Wolchi, Gracelyn Cruden, Nicole E. Mahrer, Soyeon Ahn, Ahnalee Brincks, C. Hendricks Brown

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Abstract

This review presents findings from an overview of meta-analyses of the effects of prevention and promotion programs to prevent mental health, substance use, and conduct problems. The review of 48 meta-analyses found small but significant changes that reduce depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior, and substance use. Furthermore, the results were sustained over time. Meta-analyses often found that the effects were heterogeneous. A conceptual model is proposed to guide the study of moderators of program effects in future meta-analyses, and methodological issues in synthesizing findings across preventive interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-273
Number of pages31
JournalAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Meta-analysis
  • Prevention
  • Substance use

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Overview of meta-analyses of the prevention of mental health, substance use, and conduct problems. / Sandler, Irwin; Wolchi, Sharlene A.; Cruden, Gracelyn; Mahrer, Nicole E.; Ahn, Soyeon; Brincks, Ahnalee; Brown, C. Hendricks.

In: Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 10, 01.01.2014, p. 243-273.

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Sandler, Irwin ; Wolchi, Sharlene A. ; Cruden, Gracelyn ; Mahrer, Nicole E. ; Ahn, Soyeon ; Brincks, Ahnalee ; Brown, C. Hendricks. / Overview of meta-analyses of the prevention of mental health, substance use, and conduct problems. In: Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. 2014 ; Vol. 10. pp. 243-273.
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