A systematic review of interventions to reduce stress in adolescence

  • Rew L
  • Johnson K
  • Young C
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Abstract

Adolescence can be a stressful developmental phase, placing youth at risk for negative health outcomes. Evidence-based interventions are crucial to helping adolescents manage stress; yet, most of the literature on adolescent stress is observational and descriptive. We systematically reviewed the literature on stress management interventions for adolescents and found there is evidence to support the effectiveness of interventions that aim to develop cognitive skills among adolescents; however, most studies had small samples and relied on different operational definitions of outcomes. Few included biological indicators of stress. Further study is needed to develop interventions to enhance adolescents' capacity to manage stress. Copyright © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

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  • L Rew

  • K Johnson

  • C Young

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