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Targeted psychological interventions may prevent depression in children and adolescents
  1. Edward Watkins
  1. University of Exeter, Exeter, UK;

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ABSTRACT FROM: Hetrick SE, Cox GR, Witt KG, et al. Cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT), third-wave CBT and interpersonal therapy (IPT) based interventions for preventing depression in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016;(8):CD003380.

What is already known on this topic

Major depressive disorder is a leading global cause of lifelong disability, with the greatest increase in incidence occurring in mid-to-late adolescence into young adulthood. Onset in childhood predicts poor long-term educational, social and health outcomes. Therefore, interventions to prevent depression in children and adolescents have considerable potential to reduce the global burden of depression. Prior research has suggested that selective and indicated prevention interventions targeted, respectively, at high risk or subsyndromal children and young people may outperform universal interventions that deliver to all individuals in the population.1–3

Methods of the study

The specialised register of the Cochrane Common Mental …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.