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ERIC Number: EJ918617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
Behavioral Activation for Depressed Teens: A Pilot Study
Ritschel, Lorie A.; Ramirez, Cynthia L.; Jones, Meredith; Craighead, W. Edward
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v18 n2 p281-299 May 2011
Behavioral activation (BA) is a psychosocial intervention that has shown promising treatment outcome results with depressed adults. The current pilot study evaluated a version of BA adapted for depressed adolescents. Six teens (3 male, 3 female, ages 14-17) who met criteria for major depressive disorder participated in the study. Participants were allowed to attend a maximum of 22 sessions (50 minutes each) over 18 weeks. Parents were systematically included in treatment for joint sessions at the beginning, middle, and end of treatment; therapists were also given the latitude to include parents idiographically as needed. Results showed that participants' depression scores decreased significantly; in addition, scores on a measure of hope improved significantly. Implications of these findings, study limitations, and suggestions for future directions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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