Effects on coping skills and anxiety of a universal school-based mental health intervention delivered in Scottish primary schools

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Anxiety disorders are common in children and may signal risk of depression, social or academic difficulties. This study evaluated the effects of a universal mental health promotion intervention delivered in primary schools. Three hundred and seventeen 9 to10 year olds were randomly allocated by class group to intervention condition (psychologist-led or teacher-led), or comparison condition. Coping and anxiety were measured pre- and post-intervention and at six month follow-up. Significant anxiety reduction and improved coping were found post-intervention and at follow-up. There were no significant differences between the teacher- and psychologist-led intervention groups. Results indicated that a universal school programme delivered by teachers can have positive effects on anxiety and coping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-100
Number of pages16
JournalSchool Psychology International
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • coping skills
  • anxiety
  • school-based
  • universal
  • mental health

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