Maree Teesson

Maree Teesson
The University of Sydney · The Matilda Centre

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Mental health and substance use
Additional affiliations
June 1997 - December 2018
UNSW Sydney
Position
  • Professor
Education
January 1993 - December 1996
UNSW Sydney
Field of study
  • Mental Health

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Publications (453)
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Background: Methamphetamine is a highly addictive central nervous stimulant associated with numerous adverse health, psychological, and social impacts. Family and friends of people who use methamphetamine often take on a crucial caregiving role in supporting their loved one. Consequently, they can experience a range of psychosocial challenges thems...
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Background The process of determining the best strategy for increasing the uptake of evidence-based practice might be improved through an understanding of relevant clinician-level factors. The Pathways to Comorbidity Care (PCC) training program (Louie E, et al., J Dual Diagnosis 17:304–12, 2021) aimed to facilitate integrated management of comorbid...
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Background Lifetime trajectories of mental ill-health are often established during adolescence. Effective interventions to prevent the emergence of mental health problems are needed. In the current study we assessed the efficacy of the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-informed Climate Schools universal eHealth preventive mental health programme,...
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Objective To examine changes in the prevalence of six key chronic disease risk factors (the “Big 6”), from before (2019) to during (2021) the COVID-19 pandemic, among a large and geographically diverse sample of adolescents, and whether differences over time are associated with lockdown status and gender. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant and unprecedented mental health impacts in Australia. However, there is a paucity of research directly asking Australian community members about their mental health experiences, and what they perceive to be the most important mental health issues in the context of the pandemic. This study utilises q...
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Objective: To assess the efficacy of a selective, personality-targeted intervention for reducing suicidal ideation in adolescents. Design: Post hoc analysis of survey data collected in the Climate and Preventure (CAP) study, a cluster randomised controlled trial that compared strategies for reducing alcohol misuse by adolescents, 2012-2015. Set...
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Background Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians, therefore identifying factors that increase risk is important. The aims of this study was to investigate the association between personality domains and suicidal ideation, plans and attempts in a community-based sample of adolescents. Methods 1428 students from thirteen seco...
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There is increasing empirical support for hierarchical-dimensional models of psychopathology and investigating links with personality traits is a novel and potentially valuable approach to enhance our understanding of the aetiology and structure of psychopathology. The present study examines high-risk personality traits and associations with psycho...
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Objective Physical inactivity, sugar sweetened beverage consumption, alcohol use, smoking, poor sleep and excessive recreational screen time (the ‘Big 6’ lifestyle risk behaviours) often co-occur and are key risk factors for psychopathology. However, the best fitting latent structure of the Big 6 is unknown and links between multiple lifestyle risk...
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Introduction: Vast available international evidence has investigated the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This review aims to synthesise evidence, identifying populations and characteristics associated with poor mental health.Methods: A meta-review of pooled prevalence of anxiety and depression, with subgroup analyses for the general...
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Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can experience neurodevelopmental, physical, psychological and behavioural impairments that can result in a disrupted school experience. However, educators often have limited knowledge or experience in the identification and support of students with FASD, and there is a critical need for effectiv...
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The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the recent bushfires and flash floods, have resulted in significant and unprecedented mental health impacts in Australia. Despite the known impacts, there is a paucity of research directly asking Australian community members about their mental health experiences and what they perceive to be the most important menta...
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Background: We have previously reported that the Pathways to Comorbidity Care (PCC) training program for alcohol and other drug (AOD) clinicians improved identification of comorbidity, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward screening and monitoring of comorbidity. We aimed to identify barriers and facilitators of implementation of the PCC training pro...
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Background A more nuanced understanding of the interrelationships between clinician-level factors and implementation outcomes may enhance the utility of evidence-based practice implementation strategies. The Pathways to Comorbidity Care (PCC) training program [1] aimed to facilitate integrated management of comorbid drug and alcohol and mental diso...
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Background. Lifetime trajectories of mental ill health are often established during adolescence. Effective interventions to prevent the emergence of mental health problems are needed. In the current study we assessed the efficacy of the CBT informed Climate Schools universal eHealth preventive mental health program, relative to a control. We also e...
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BACKGROUND To prevent adolescents from initiating alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, and reduce associated harms, effective strategies need to be implemented. Despite their availability, effective school-based programs and evidence informed parental guidelines are not consistently implemented. The Positive Choices drug prevention initiative and webs...
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Objective Alcohol use is a leading cause of burden of disease among young people. Prevention strategies can be effective in the short-term, however little is known about their longer-term effectiveness. The aim of this study was to examine the sustainability of universal, selective and combined alcohol use prevention across the critical transition...
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Young adulthood is an important developmental period for investigating the nature of violent behavior. This study examines the unique contribution of alcohol use to violence perpetration among young adults in the Australian community, after accounting for the influence of sociodemographic, early life, trait, and well-being influences. Cross-section...
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Background: There are no available school-based alcohol and drug prevention programs with evidence of effectiveness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. To address this, we codeveloped the Strong & Deadly Futures well-being and alcohol and drug prevention program in partnership with an Indigenous creative design agency and 4 Australi...
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BACKGROUND There are no available school-based alcohol and drug prevention programs with evidence of effectiveness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. To address this, we co-developed the Strong & Deadly Futures wellbeing and alcohol/drug prevention program in partnership with an Indigenous creative design agency, and four Australian...
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Objectives We aimed to evaluate the impact of the Pathways to Comorbidity Care (PCC) training program for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) clinicians to improve the management of comorbidity. Methods: A controlled before-and-after study using PCC training was conducted across 6 matched sites in Australia including 35 clinicians. Controls received stan...
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) occur frequently as comorbid diagnoses among adolescents. Historically, these conditions have been treated using a sequential model; however, emerging evidence suggests that an integrated treatment model may be most effective. This article presents two de-identified clinical cas...
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Summary of recommendations and levels of evidence Chapter 2: Screening and assessment for unhealthy alcohol use Screening • Screening for unhealthy alcohol use and appropriate interventions should be implemented in general practice (Level A), hospitals (Level B), emergency departments and community health and welfare settings (Level C). • Quantit...
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Background: An emerging body of literature has indicated that broad, transdiagnostic dimensions of psychopathology are associated with alterations in brain structure across the life span. The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between brain structure and broad dimensions of psychopathology in the critical preadolescent period when...
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Background Early adolescence is a challenging transition period where mental ill-health and experimentation with alcohol and tobacco often increases. Some foods and eating behaviours can be addictive in a way that is comparable to addictive substances. Few studies have examined the prevalence of food addiction in young people, and none have measure...
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Background Crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) causes significant societal harm in Australia and is perceived by the public to be the drug of most concern nationally. Although effective treatments exist, it is estimated that only a third of people dependent on amphetamine-type stimulants receive treatment each year. Barriers to care may for people who...
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Background Physical inactivity, poor diet, sedentary recreational screen time, poor sleep, alcohol use and smoking (the “Big 6”) are key lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease. The Big 6 typically emerge during adolescence, co-occur and continue into adulthood. To improve short- and long-term health, early and effective prevention is critical....
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This is the first study to investigate the effectiveness of Preventure, a selective personality-targeted prevention program, in reducing the uptake of tobacco smoking over a three-year period in adolescence. A cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted to assess the effectiveness of Preventure. Schools were block randomised to either the Pre...
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Prevention efforts can substantially reduce the human and economic costs of mental and substance use disorders. However, a strategically integrated set of priorities for research and implementation is lacking. The Leaders in Prevention Summit sought to address this need by bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders to identify shared opportu...
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Background and Aims Alcohol consumption is increasing among older adults. Rethink My Drink is a brief Internet-delivered intervention to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms, adapted specifically for older adults. This protocol for a large-scale randomised controlled trial will evaluate whether Rethink My Drink is effective in reducing alco...
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Increased time spent at home during COVID-19 exposed inequities in Australian housing quality and availability. Many Australians lack sufficient space to carry out activities shifted to their homes and the financial downturn rapidly increased stress around housing affordability. Research demonstrates living in unaffordable or poor-quality housing c...
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Background Anxiety and alcohol use disorders are common and disabling conditions that people typically endure for many years before accessing treatment. The link between anxiety and alcohol use is well-established, with these issues commonly emerging and/or escalating during emerging adulthood. This randomized controlled trial evaluated a psycholog...
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(1) Background: More time spent on social media has been linked to increased alcohol use, with exposure to peer alcohol-related content on social media (content exposure) named as a critical factor in this relationship. Little is currently known about whether early content exposure may have lasting effects across adolescent development, or about th...
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Issue Reducing substance use harm in young people is a major public health priority however health promotion messages often struggle to achieve meaningful engagement. Neuroscience-based teachings may provide an innovative new way to engage young people in credible harm minimisation health promotion. This study aims to evaluate the acceptability and...
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Although effective evidence-based treatments exist for comorbid mental health and substance use disorders, they are not widely implemented. This paper reports a case study of the clinical supervision component of a multimodal training program provided to 20 counselors working in addictions which aimed to increase implementation of evidence-based pr...
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Introduction Many children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) exhibit neurocognitive delays that contribute to secondary consequences, including a disrupted school experience. Educators often have limited knowledge or experience in the identification, referral, management and accommodation of students with FASD. Effective resources...
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The authors assessed the informational and decision-support needs of patients, families, and clinicians when deciding on treatment for problematic alcohol use and depression. Patients (n = 56), family members (n = 16), and clinicians (n = 65) with experience deciding on treatment for problematic alcohol use and depression were eligible. Participant...
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BACKGROUND The Cracks in the Ice Community Toolkit (cracksintheice.org.au) was developed to provide, evidence-based, up-to-date information and resources around crystal methamphetamine to Australians. Given the high rates of Internet use in the community and the potential for misinformation, Cracks in the Ice has the potential to play an important...
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Background The Cracks in the Ice (CITI) community toolkit was developed to provide evidence-based, up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine to Australians. Given the high rates of internet use in the community and the potential for misinformation, CITI has the potential to play an important role in improving knowledge and...
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Purpose of review: The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions have uniquely and disproportionately affected vulnerable populations. This review summarizes recent evidence on the relationship between psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders and COVID-19, highlighting acute and long-term risks, pharmacotherapy interactions and implicati...
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BACKGROUND Alcohol use and anxiety disorders commonly co-occur, resulting in a more severe clinical presentation and poorer response to single-disorder treatments. Research has shown that Approach Bias Modification (ApBM) and Interpretation Bias Modification (IBM) cognitive re-training interventions can be efficacious adjunctive treatments that imp...
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Background Alcohol use and anxiety disorders commonly co-occur, resulting in a more severe clinical presentation and poorer response to treatment. Research has shown that approach bias modification (ApBM) and interpretation bias modification (IBM) cognitive retraining interventions can be efficacious adjunctive treatments that improve outcomes for...
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School-based programs can effectively prevent substance use; however, systematic reviews and consultation with stakeholders identified a need for effective, culturally inclusive programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (hereafter Aboriginal) youth. This paper describes the development of Strong & Deadly Futures, a six-lesson, curriculu...
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Background: Poor diet, alcohol use, and tobacco smoking have been identified as strong determinants of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Smartphones have the potential to provide a real-time, pervasive, unobtrusive, and cost-effective way to measure these health behaviors and deliver instant feedback to users....
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Purpose: Lifestyle risk factors, such as alcohol use, smoking, high body mass index, poor sleep, and sedentary behavior, represent major public health issues for adolescents. These factors have been associated with increased rates of major depressive disorder (MDD). The purpose of this paper is to investigate critical peaks in the prevalence of MD...
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Background Crystal methamphetamine attracts an elevated level of negative attention in Australia and internationally, however there is a paucity of research into stigma and discrimination surrounding this drug. This study aimed to investigate and compare levels of public stigma, self-stigma and discrimination surrounding crystal methamphetamine use...
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Mental disorders and problematic alcohol use are common, co-occurring and cause significant harm to individuals and society. It is critical to intervene early to prevent chronic and debilitating trajectories. Existing prevention programs among adolescents are limited in effectiveness and implementation. This Australian-first study will examine the...
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Introduction: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder frequently co-occur and tend to have their onset during adolescence. Although research has highlighted the importance of treating these disorders in an integrated fashion, there is a dearth of empirically validated integrated treatment options for adolescents with this c...
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A relationship between alcohol use and aggression is well-established; however, less is known about how these factors develop and influence each other over time. This study examined the immediate and delayed effects of alcohol use on aggression during adolescence. Alcohol use and aggression were measured in a subset of students (n = 1560) from the...
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Background There are significant knowledge gaps of the vulnerabilities faced by youth from families with histories of alcohol or substance misuse. This study aimed to provide a comprehensive assessment of problems experienced by substance-naive children with positive family histories of substance misuse (FHP). Methods Baseline data from up to 11,8...
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Categorical mental disorders are being recognized as suboptimal targets in clinical neuroscience due to poor reliability as well as high rates of heterogeneity within, and comorbidity between, mental disorders. As an alternative to the case-control approach, recent studies have focused on the relationship between neurobiology and latent dimensions...
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BACKGROUND The link between chronic diseases and the Big 6 lifestyle risk behaviors (ie, poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol use, sedentary recreational screen time and poor sleep) is well established. It is critical to target these lifestyle risk behaviors as they often co-occur and emerge in adolescence. Smartphones have become an in...
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Background The link between chronic diseases and the Big 6 lifestyle risk behaviors (ie, poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol use, sedentary recreational screen time, and poor sleep) is well established. It is critical to target these lifestyle risk behaviors, as they often co-occur and emerge in adolescence. Smartphones have become an...
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Background Approach bias modification (ApBM) and interpretation bias modification (IBM) are two promising adjunct treatments for alcohol use and social anxiety, respectively. However, the acceptability of combining ApBM and IBM into one program for people who experience both of these disorders is unknown. The present study describes the codevelopme...
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Background: Although crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) use is a large and growing worldwide problem, few research studies have explored the impact of crystal methamphetamine use on affected friends and family members. In order to inform the development of a Family and Friend Support Program for those affected by someone else’s use of ice, the experie...
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Objective: Data on the neurodevelopmental and associated behavioral effects of light to moderate in utero alcohol exposure are limited. This retrospective investigation tested for associations between reported maternal prenatal alcohol use and psychological, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in substance-naive youths. Methods: Participan...
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Background Neurocognitive deficits are common among youth with mental disorders and patterns of aberrant brain function generally cross diagnostic boundaries. This study investigated associations between functional neurocircuitry and broad transdiagnostic psychopathology dimensions in the critical preadolescent period when psychopathology is emergi...
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Introduction and aims: Over half of people presenting to alcohol/other drug (AOD) treatment services also have a mental health condition. Guidelines support numerous viable treatment options, meaning that treatment decisions need to be evidence based and patients' preferences need to be considered. Shared decision-making (SDM) facilitates evidence...
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Objective: Alcohol use disorder and social anxiety disorder are interconnected disorders that commonly co-occur. We report the first trial to assess whether integrated treatment for social anxiety and alcohol use disorder comorbidity improves outcomes relative to standard alcohol-focussed treatment. Method: Participants were recruited to a rando...
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Background Mental health and alcohol use problems are among the most common causes of disease burden in young Australians, frequently co-occur (comorbidity), and lead to significant lifetime burden. However, comorbidities remain significantly underdetected and undertreated in health settings. Digital mental health tools designed to identify at-risk...
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Social phobia commonly co-occurs with substance use disorders and depression; however, the prevalence and correlates of social phobia among individuals with both of these disorders remain unknown. Interviews were conducted with 120 individuals entering residential rehabilitation for substance use treatment, who endorsed criteria for major depressio...
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Aim To compare the long‐term universal outcomes of the Climate Schools program, the selective Preventure program and their combined implementation to standard substance use education in reducing the uptake of alcohol use, engagement in binge drinking and alcohol‐related harms over a 3‐year period. Design A cluster randomized controlled trial. Set...
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Introduction Opioid dependence is a global health priority, currently making the biggest contribution to drug-related deaths. The chronic, long-term persistence of heroin dependence over the life course requires investigation in prospective longitudinal studies, to better understand patterns and predictors of remission and relapse, as well as the i...
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Introduction Lifestyle risk behaviours, including alcohol use, smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity, poor sleep (duration and/or quality) and sedentary recreational screen time (‘the Big 6’), are strong determinants of chronic disease. These behaviours often emerge during adolescence and co-occur. School-based interventions have the potential to...
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Background Early alcohol use initiation is one of the strongest predictors of alcohol use disorders. Identifying modifiable risk factors for problematic alcohol use can guide prevention initiatives. Globally, approximately 10 % of women consume alcohol during pregnancy, however the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on offspring alcohol use...
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Background The burden of disease attributable to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in young people is considerable. Prevention can be effective, yet few programs have demonstrated replicable effects. This study aimed to replicate research behind Climate Schools: Alcohol and Cannabis course among a large cohort of adolescents. Methods Seventy-one se...
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Background: Six core behavioural risk factors (poor diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, alcohol misuse, smoking and unhealthy sleep patterns) have been identified as strong determinants of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancers. Smartphones have the potential to provide a real-time, pervasive, unobtrusive a...
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Background The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of online cognitive training as a means of reducing psychopathology in at-risk youth. Methods In a double-blind randomised controlled trial, 228 youths (mean age = 18.6, 74.6% female) were randomly allocated to either an intervention group (n = 114; online cognitive training focuse...