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The association between widowhood and mental health problems, such as depressive symptomatology and anxiety, has been examined extensively. Few studies, however, have explored the prevalence and incidence of mood and anxiety disorders based on diagnostic criteria after the loss of the partner. We conducted a systematic review, and searched major(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the cost-effectiveness of preventing mental disorders. AIMS To study the cost-effectiveness of care as usual plus minimal contact psychotherapy relative to usual care alone in preventing depressive disorder. METHOD An economic evaluation was conducted alongside a randomised clinical trial. Primary care patients with(More)
BACKGROUND We developed an indicated preventive life-review course, "Looking for Meaning", based on the assumption that reminiscence styles influence coping with depressive symptoms. This study describes the impact of this course in a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. METHODS Inclusion criteria were >50 years, a score of 5 or higher on the Center for(More)
BACKGROUND Children of parents with mental illness (COPMI) are at greater risk of developing mental disorders themselves. Since impaired parenting skills appear to be a crucial factor, we developed a facilitated 8-session preventative group course called KopOpOuders (Chin Up, Parents) delivered via the Internet to Dutch parents with psychiatric problems.(More)
BACKGROUND Depression in older adults is a serious health problem with a poor prognosis. There is a need for indicated preventive psychological interventions for older adults, that show to be promising in preventing depressive disorders. METHODS/DESIGN This manuscript describes the design of a study evaluating 'Looking for Meaning', a newly developed(More)
Problematic substance use and mental health problems often co-occur in adolescents. Effective school-based interventions that are brief and target multiple problems are promising in the field of health promotion. Preventure is a brief, school-based, selective preventive intervention, tailored to four personality profiles. Preventure has already proved(More)
BACKGROUND Despite a growing understanding of the effectiveness of bereavement interventions and the groups that benefit most from them, we know little about the cost-effectiveness of bereavement interventions. METHODS We conducted a cost-utility analysis alongside a randomized clinical trial on a visiting service for older widowed individuals (n=110)(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of spousal bereavement on mental health varies among the widowed. More information is needed on factors influencing bereavement outcome. METHOD We conducted a cross-sectional study on a sample of 216 widowed individuals. Initial non-response was high, with only 8% of all approached persons participating in the study. The influence of(More)
A quasi-experimental (non-randomized) study was conducted to study the effects of a new intervention The story of your life that combines integrative reminiscence with narrative therapy. The program consists of seven sessions of two hours and one follow-up session after 8 weeks. It is directed at community-dwelling people of 55 years and older with mild to(More)
BACKGROUND Findings from systematic reviews and meta-analyses about the effectiveness of school-based programmes to prevent or reduce substance abuse are inconclusive. We hypothesise that in order to be effective, programmes have to be aligned with the developmental stages of the intended target group (childhood, early, middle, or late adolescence). The(More)