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Family-based interpersonal psychotherapy is a promising treatment for preadolescent depression
  1. Jami F Young
  1. Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; jfyoung@rci.rutgers.edu

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ABSTRACT FROM: Dietz LJ, Weinberg RJ, Brent DA, et al. Family-based interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed preadolescents: examining efficacy and potential treatment mechanisms. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2015;54:191–9.

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Although depression is less common during preadolescence, prepubertal depression places individuals at increased risk for future episodes and for impairments in social functioning.1 There is some evidence of the efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression in this age group. However, studies that have compared CBT to an active control condition have only found modest benefits.2 An interpersonally-oriented treatment, such as family-based interpersonal psychotherapy (FB-IPT), may be particularly relevant for preadolescent depression since depressed youth continue to experience interpersonal difficulties even after their depression improves.3 Targeting these interpersonal impairments may help youth achieve remission and reduce the risk for recurrence. In addition, involving parents in treatment may enhance the effects of treatments for preadolescent …

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