The FRIENDS Programmes work! Links to the research evidence:
Peer-Reviewed Research Papers
Briesch, A, M., Hagermoser Sanetti, L, M., and Briesch, J, M. (2010) Reducing the prevalence of anxiety in children and adolescents: an evaluation of the evidence base for the FRIENDS for life program, School Mental Health, 2, 155-165.
Higgins, E. and O’Sullivan, S., (2015) “What Works”: systematic review of the “FRIENDS for Life” programme as a universal school-based intervention programme for the prevention of child and youth anxiety, Educational Psychology in Practice, 31 (4), 424-438.
Lang, R., Regester, A., Lauderdale, S., Ashbaugh, K, and Haring, A. (2010) Treatment of anxiety in autism spectrum disorders using cognitive behaviour therapy: a systematic review, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 13(1),53-63.
Rodgers, A. and Dunsmuir, S. (2013). A controlled evaluation of the ‘FRIENDS for Life’ Emotional Resiliency Programme on Overall Anxiety Levels, Anxiety Subtype Levels and School Adjustment. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Stallard, P., Simpson, N., Anderson, S., Carter, T., Osborn, C. and Bush, S. (2005) An evaluation of the FRIENDS program: A cognitive behaviour therapy intervention to promote emotional resilience, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 90, 1016-1019.
Stallard, P., Simpson, N., Anderson, S., Hibbert, S., and Osborn, C. (2007) The FRIENDS emotional health program: Initial findings from a school-based project. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12,32-37.
Stallard, P., Simpson, N., Anderson, S., and Goddard, M. (2008) The FRIENDS emotional health prevention programme: 12 month follow up of a universal UK school based trial, European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 17, 283-289.
Stallard, P., Skryabina, E., Taylor, G., Phillips, R., Daniels, H., Anderson, R. and Simpson, N., (2014) Classroom-based cognitive behaviour therapy (FRIENDS): A cluster randomised controlled trial to prevent anxiety in children through education in schools (PACES). The Lancet Psychiatry, 1(3), 185-192
Werner-Seidler, A., Perry, Y., Calear, A. L., Newby, J. M., & Christensen, H. (2017). School-based depression and anxiety prevention programs for young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical psychology review, 51, 30-47.