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Psychological treatment of depression in children and adolescents: A review of treatment research

  • Richard Harrington (a1), Jane Whittaker (a1) and Philp Shoebridge (a1)

Abstract

Background

This paper reviews research on the psychological treatment of depression in children.

Method

Manual and computer literature searches were performed.

Results

The most promising psychological interventions for depression in children are individual rather than family therapies. Cognitive – behavioural therapy seems to be an effective treatment for depressive symptoms and mild depressive disorders. It may also be a useful preventive intervention, though this remains to be conclusively demonstrated. There have been no systematic studies comparing psychological treatments with medication.

Conclusions

Studies comparing psychological treatments and medication are now required.

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Corresponding author

Professor Richard Harrington, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury, Manchester M27 1HA. Fax: 0161 728 2294. E-mail: r.c.harrington@man.ac.uk

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Psychological treatment of depression in children and adolescents: A review of treatment research

  • Richard Harrington (a1), Jane Whittaker (a1) and Philp Shoebridge (a1)

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Psychological treatment of depression in children and adolescents: A review of treatment research

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