An increasing number of Web-based services and interventions are available for children, adolescents, and young adults ranging from self-help materials to online treatments.
Research on youth and young adults indicates that Web-based interventions can be effective in reducing depressive complaints [9,10].
More studies are needed to find out if outcomes will be replicated, especially for those younger than 18 year old.
Depression is among the most common mental health problems in young people.
This study was registered with the Netherlands Trial Register (NTR 1696).
Ethical approval was granted by an independent medical ethics committee (Centrale Commissie Mensgebonden Onderzoek, CCMO No. Participants were young people with depressive symptoms who fulfilled the following criteria: (1) 12-22 years of age, (2) had access to a computer and Internet, (3) had a CES-D score of 22 or higher (the cut-off to detect possible cases of depression among adolescents) , (4) gave informed consent, and (5) completed a baseline questionnaire.
For this study, 263 young people with depressive symptoms were randomized to the Web-based SFBT intervention, Praten Online, or to a waiting list control condition.