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Attachment-based family therapy reduces suicidal ideation in adolescents

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How effective is attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) in reducing suicidal ideation in adolescents?


66 suicidal adolescents (mean age 15 years, 83% female, 74% African American). 341 adolescents (aged 12–17 years) attending primary care offices or hospital emergency identified with suicidal ideation during routine clinical interviews were screened and those scoring >31 on the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire (SIQ-JR) and >20 on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) were re-screened about 2 days later. Those whose scores remained above the cut-offs at the second screen were included in the study.

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Current psychosis, mental retardation, psychiatric hospitalisation required or recently discharged from psychiatric hospital. Antidepressant medications could be continued if they commenced at …

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  • Source of funding US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

  • For commentary see p 7

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