Meta-analytic evaluation of FRIENDS: A rejoinder of Barrett, Cooper, Stallard, Zeggio, and Gallegos-Guajardo (2017)


The following paper provides a response to the recent critique of our review of the FRIENDS For Life anxiety prevention and intervention program. In their critique, Barrett, Cooper, Stallard, Zeggio, & Gallegos-Guajardo (2017) expressed concerns on a range of conceptual, methodological, and interpretative issues. Our rejoinder addresses each of these points and reasserts our position that the primary concern with the studies was the use of the wrong unit of analysis when analyzing the data. Our response is contextualized in the importance of rigorous research as an essential component of evidence-based practice.

Education and Treatment of Children