Online parenting guidelines to prevent adolescent depression and anxiety: Evaluating user characteristics and usefulness

Marie B. H. Yap, Peter D. Martin, Anthony F. Jorm

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Aim: The aims of this study were to evaluate user characteristics and the perceived usefulness of a set of online parenting guidelines to prevent adolescent depression and anxiety. Methods: Upon downloading the online guidelines, users were invited to complete a brief demographic survey assessing user characteristics (Survey 1). Consenting respondents were emailed an evaluation survey 1 month later, which assessed perceived usefulness of the guidelines (Survey 2). Results: Over 22 months, 2631 users completed Survey 1 and 233 completed Survey 2. Most users endorsed the usefulness of the guidelines, and most parent users reported at least a little improvement on their parenting. Users were favourable towards a web-based parenting program as one way to improve the guidelines. Conclusions: Findings suggest that the online guidelines may be a useful and sustainable universal prevention strategy for parents of adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-958
Number of pages8
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • Adolescent
  • Internet
  • Parents
  • Preventive psychiatry
  • Public health

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