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The Case for School-Based Depression Screening: Evidence From Established Programs  

Author:  Erin McCormick, M.P.H..; Kelly Thompson, M.S.W..; Ann Vander Stoep, Ph.D..; Elizabeth McCauley, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 09, Number 04, Fall 2009 , pp.91-96(6)

Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth

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This paper reviews the evidence supporting early detection of depression through school-based screening. It presents an overview of the rationale for school-based depression screening and describes evaluation highlights from established screening programs based in secondary schools that have been reviewed in the mental health, public health, and educational literatures. It also presents in greater detail the University of Washington’s Developmental Pathways Screening Program, including a summary of the research findings that have supported its development and implementation.


Affiliations:  1: Community Oriented Public Health Practice Program, University of Washington; 2: Developmental Pathways Research Program, University of Washington; 3: University of Washington Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; 4: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

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