An evaluation of the FRIENDS programme: a cognitive behaviour therapy intervention to promote emotional resilience

P Stallard, N Simpson, S Anderson, T Carter, C Osborn, S Bush

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Aims: To evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of the FRIENDS programme. Methods: Uncontrolled before and after assessment of the FRIENDS programme, a 10 session cognitive behaviour therapy programme. A total of 213 children aged 9 - 10 years from six primary schools were studied. Main outcome measures: Spence Children's Anxiety Scale, Culture Free Self-Esteem Questionnaire, qualitative assessment of acceptability. Results: End of programme data from 197 children ( 92.5% of eligible sample) showed significantly lower rates of anxiety ( t = 2.95, df = 384) and significantly improved levels of self-esteem ( t = 3.13, df = 386). Significant improvements were obtained in over half of those children with the most severe emotional problems. A total of 190 children ( 89.2%) completed a qualitative assessment of acceptability: 154 ( 81%) thought it was fun, 147 ( 77.4%) would recommend it to a friend; 137 ( 72.8%) thought they had learned new skills, and 78 ( 41.1%) had helped someone else with their new skills. Conclusions: The FRIENDS programme appears to be an efficacious and acceptable way to promote emotional resilience ( reduced anxiety and increased self-esteem) in primary school aged children, consistent with previous studies in Australia. Further controlled studies are needed to assess natural history of anxiety and self-esteem and whether benefits are maintained over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1016-1019
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Volume90
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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An evaluation of the FRIENDS programme: a cognitive behaviour therapy intervention to promote emotional resilience. / Stallard, P; Simpson, N; Anderson, S; Carter, T; Osborn, C; Bush, S.

In: Archives of Disease in Childhood, Vol. 90, No. 10, 2005, p. 1016-1019.

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Stallard, P ; Simpson, N ; Anderson, S ; Carter, T ; Osborn, C ; Bush, S. / An evaluation of the FRIENDS programme: a cognitive behaviour therapy intervention to promote emotional resilience. In: Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2005 ; Vol. 90, No. 10. pp. 1016-1019.
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