European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 283–289 | Cite as

The FRIENDS emotional health prevention programme

12 month follow-up of a universal UK school based trial
  • Paul Stallard
  • Neil Simpson
  • Sue Anderson
  • Meghan Goddard


A universal cognitive behaviour therapy emotional health programme, FRIENDS, was provided in schools by trained school nurses to 106 children aged 9/10. Anxiety and self-esteem were re-assessed in 63 children one year after completing the programme. The significant improvements in emotional health identified 3 months after FRIENDS were maintained 12 month after completing the programme. Of the 9 children identified at baseline as high risk, 6 (67%) had moved into the low risk category by the 12 month follow-up. Of the low risk children, none had become high risk by follow-up. The study conclusions are limited by a small sample size and the absence of a comparison group. They are however consistent with previous studies and suggest that FRIENDS delivered in schools as a universal intervention can have a significant medium term effect upon emotional health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Stallard
    • 1
  • Neil Simpson
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sue Anderson
    • 2
    • 3
  • Meghan Goddard
    • 4
  1. 1.Mental Health Research & Development UnitUniversity of BathBathUK
  2. 2.Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care TrustBathUK
  3. 3.Dept. of Child HealthBath NHS HouseBathUK
  4. 4.University of BathBathUK

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