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Depression in children--Prevention; Resilience (personality trait) in children;


This review of literature is a report of the success of programs designed to prevent childhood depression by building resiliency. Research results indicate that prevention programs focused on teaching children and parents coping skills, changing negative thought patterns, social problem solving, teaching the symptoms of childhood depression and how to discuss it with children, and fostering resiliency have reduced the incidence of depression in children (Comer, 1985; Gladstone & Beardslee, 2000; Seligman, 1995).

Additional research needs to address the following questions: a) How does building resilience differ for children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds? b) . What are the best ways to identify children who are at risk for depression? c) Is the developmental timing of resiliency programs critical? d) Do the effects of resiliency last into adulthood? e) What are the most important components of a prevention program? f) How can we best evaluate program effectiveness? g) What are the basic skills needed to implement a prevention program? h) Are schools willing to provide resiliency programs for children at risk for childhood depression?

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Annette Iverson Carmer


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