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Prevention of familial transmission of depression: EFFEKT-E, a selective program for emotionally burdened families

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Bühler, Anneke; Kötter, Charlotte; Jaursch, Stefanie; Lösel, Friedrich

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Abstract Aim: Parental depression is a strong risk factor for depression in children and is associated with offspring's behavioral problems. Therefore, prevention measures should aim to reduce the transmission of risk to children of depressed mothers. In this paper, description and evaluation results are reported for EFFEKT-E (Entwicklungsförderung in Familien: Eltern- und Kinder-Training in emotional belasteten Familien), a prevention program to be used in the setting of mother–child rehabilitation clinics. EFFEKT-E is a family-oriented program including parent training and social skills training for pre-school children. Subjects and methods: The evaluation study contained 375 mothers and their children. The program was evaluated in a quasi-experimental pre-post-follow-up design using instruments on parenting behavior and children’s emotional and behavioral problems. Results: Evaluation showed satisfying out reach and implementation of the program. Compared to a treatment-as-usual condition, EFFEKT-E children exhibited less emotional disruption and hyperactivity. Mother's sense of parental competence was promoted, problematic parenting behavior decreased. Conclusion: EFFEKT-E is an evidence-based selective program which has the potential to prevent intergenerational transmission of depression.
Keywords depression; mother; child; mental health; behavior disorder; risk; prophylaxis
Classification Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Treatment and Prevention
Free Keywords Selective prevention; Family-oriented; Behavioral problems; Children; Depressed mothers
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 321-327
Journal Journal of Public Health, 19 (2011) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10389-011-0423-5
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)