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Clínica y Salud

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FONSECA-PEDRERO, Eduardo et al. PSICE Project protocol: evaluation of the unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment for adolescents with emotional symptoms in school settings. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2023, vol.34, n.1, pp.15-22.  Epub June 26, 2023. ISSN 2174-0550.


The aim of the PSICE (Evidence-based Psychology in Educational Contexts) Project is to examine the effectiveness of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Adolescents (UP-A) with symptoms of anxiety and depression in school settings. The goal is to prevent emotional problems and to improve adolescents' socioemotional adjustment, learning processes, and academic performance.


A randomized controlled trial with two groups will be performed: active control (progressive relaxation training) and experimental (UP-A). After screening, participants with subclinical emotional symptomatology will be selected for pre- and post-test evaluation and follow-up at 6, 12, and 18 months.


The impact of different indicators at behavioral, cognitive, affective, social and academic functioning levels will be analyzed, as well as their effects in the short, medium and long term.


Examining the effectiveness of the UP-A in the Spanish educational context will, among other things, provide data for informed decision-making in the field of educational psychology. In addition, it will ensure that such interventions, using standardized protocols, are accessible to a large population at such an important stage of human development as adolescence. The PSICE project will provide leadership and guidance on the importance of psychology in schools.

Keywords : PSICE protocol; Adolescence; Randomized controlled trial; Anxiety; Depression; Prevention; Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Adolescents (UP-A).

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