University students are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues, with anxiety and depression identified as the most common conditions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, self-isolation, and difficulties linked to online teaching and learning have increased their burden of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Thus, the urgent need to intervene in favour of these vulnerable subjects, together with the difficulties in delivering in-person interventions because of lockdowns and restrictions, has led to prioritize digital mental health strategies. This study aimed at systematically reviewing the existing literature on digital mental health interventions targeting anxiety and depressive symptoms in university students during the COVID-19 emergency. Systematic searches of Medline, Embase, and PsycInfo databases identified eight randomized controlled trials. Regarding anxiety symptoms, digitally delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and mind-body practice techniques emerged as valid strategies, while digital positive psychology and mindfulness-based interventions showed mixed results. On the other hand, digitally delivered dialectical behaviour therapy and positive psychology interventions have shown some efficacy in reducing depressive symptoms. Overall, the available literature, albeit of low quality, seems to support the role of digital interventions in promoting the mental health of university students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Riboldi, I., Cavaleri, D., Calabrese, A., Capogrosso, C., Piacenti, S., Bartoli, F., et al. (2022). Digital mental health interventions for anxiety and depressive symptoms in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials [Intervenciones digitales de salud mental para los síntomas ansiosos y depresivos en estudiantes universitarios durante la pandemia de COVID-19: una revisión sistemática de pruebas controladas aleatorizadas]. REVISTA DE PSIQUIATRÍA Y SALUD MENTAL [10.1016/j.rpsm.2022.04.005].

Digital mental health interventions for anxiety and depressive symptoms in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials [Intervenciones digitales de salud mental para los síntomas ansiosos y depresivos en estudiantes universitarios durante la pandemia de COVID-19: una revisión sistemática de pruebas controladas aleatorizadas]

Riboldi I.
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Cavaleri D.;Calabrese A.;Capogrosso C. A.;Piacenti S.;Bartoli F.;Crocamo C.;Carra G.
2022

Abstract

University students are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues, with anxiety and depression identified as the most common conditions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, self-isolation, and difficulties linked to online teaching and learning have increased their burden of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Thus, the urgent need to intervene in favour of these vulnerable subjects, together with the difficulties in delivering in-person interventions because of lockdowns and restrictions, has led to prioritize digital mental health strategies. This study aimed at systematically reviewing the existing literature on digital mental health interventions targeting anxiety and depressive symptoms in university students during the COVID-19 emergency. Systematic searches of Medline, Embase, and PsycInfo databases identified eight randomized controlled trials. Regarding anxiety symptoms, digitally delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and mind-body practice techniques emerged as valid strategies, while digital positive psychology and mindfulness-based interventions showed mixed results. On the other hand, digitally delivered dialectical behaviour therapy and positive psychology interventions have shown some efficacy in reducing depressive symptoms. Overall, the available literature, albeit of low quality, seems to support the role of digital interventions in promoting the mental health of university students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Articolo in rivista - Review Essay
Scientifica
Anxiety; COVID-19; Depression; Digital mental health interventions; Mental health; University students;
Spanish; Castilian
Riboldi, I., Cavaleri, D., Calabrese, A., Capogrosso, C., Piacenti, S., Bartoli, F., et al. (2022). Digital mental health interventions for anxiety and depressive symptoms in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials [Intervenciones digitales de salud mental para los síntomas ansiosos y depresivos en estudiantes universitarios durante la pandemia de COVID-19: una revisión sistemática de pruebas controladas aleatorizadas]. REVISTA DE PSIQUIATRÍA Y SALUD MENTAL [10.1016/j.rpsm.2022.04.005].
Riboldi, I; Cavaleri, D; Calabrese, A; Capogrosso, C; Piacenti, S; Bartoli, F; Crocamo, C; Carra, G
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