You probably know that RAAPS has been validated as a screening tool to identify the behaviors that contribute most to illness and death in adolescents. The effectiveness of the RAAPS survey in identifying depression was further validated in the November issue of Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. View the abstract.
Depression is both an independent and contributing risk factor for teens – and the numbers are staggering. RAAPS data from the 2012/13 school year shows that a full quarter (25%) of the adolescent population are sad or depressed.
However, using the evidence-based risk reduction messaging in the RAAPS system, care professionals working with teens have shown a significant improvement in depression among adolescents – reducing depression and anxiety in teens who screened positive by 60%!
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