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The following projects within the key theme 'Mental health and cognition' have already been completed:

FRIENDS for life

Anxiety disorders and depression are highly prevalent in children and affect their current and future functioning. 'FRIENDS for Life' is a cognitive-behavioural programme teaching children skills to cope more effectively with feelings of anxiety and depression. Although 'FRIENDS for Life' is increasingly being implemented at Dutch schools, its effectiveness as a preventive intervention in Dutch schools has never been investigated. The aim of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of 'FRIENDS for Life' as an indicated school-based prevention programme for children with early or mild signs of anxiety or depression.


Dr. Mia Kösters
Prof. dr. Mai Chin A Paw

Click here for Mia Kösters dissertation about this topic :