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English abstract


Barn, forebygging, skolepsykologi, angst, kognitiv


Aim: Investigating the feasibility of a short cognitive behavioral school-based intervention for anxious children by the school health service, as well as measuring symptom change in children who participated.

Method: A one-group, pre-post design without control group was used. The participating children´s general mental health and anxiety symptoms were assessed by standardized and validated questionnaires by the children, their parents and teachers before and after the five session group intervention. User satisfaction was in addition measured by the school health nurses involved as group leaders. The Psychological First Aid Kit (Raknes, 2010) which was used as a basis for the intervention, is a self-help tool also used in the same school health service as an universal health promoting intervention.

Outcome: The intervention was found to be feasible and was well evaluated by the participating children, their parents and teachers. The children's (N = 60) degree of anxiety was significantly reduced after the intervention, and their overall mental health was improved.

Conclusion: The study contributes to the knowledge accumulated about the usefulness and feasibility of short school-based cognitive behavior-based interventions. Offering anxious children short interventions at the school can promote children's participation, coping, well-being, learning and health. Such interventions can be important in a public health strategy for good mental health.    Redaktør: Beate Steinkjer

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