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ERIC Number: ED451458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 22
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Interpersonal Theory and Depressed Adolescents: An Overview of Method and Outcome.
Mellin, Elizabeth Anne
In an attempt of fill the gap in theoretical and empirical information available for treatment of adolescent depression, interpersonal therapy for adolescents (IPT-A) was developed. Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a brief, time-limited therapy originally developed for use with adults diagnosed with major depression. Several outcome studies have been completed on the efficacy of IPT-A with adolescents, however these reports have been mainly published in psychiatric journals. This paper attempts to bring these results to counselors who work with adolescents. The rationale for modification of the IPT for adolescents involves the similarities found in research between adolescent and adult mood disorders and the prevalence of depression in adolescents. Studies also show adolescent depression to be associated with significant social and interpersonal difficulties. Many of the problem areas addressed in IPT relate to interpersonal difficulties that correlate with adolescent depression. Promising results are reported from initial empirical investigation into the efficacy of the IPT-A with adolescent depressive disorders. The need for future research is substantiated. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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