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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2006 Oct;15(4):959-75, ix.

Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents.

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  • 1Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 772 West 168th Street, Box 72, New York, NY 10032, USA. klomeka@childpsych.columbia


This article reviews interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A). IPT-A is a time-limited, evidence-based psychotherapy for depressed, nonbipolar, nonpsychotic adolescents. The article focuses on goals and phases of IPT-A, identifies problem areas and core components of treatment, and discusses specific therapeutic techniques. Efficacy research and effectiveness studies of IPT-A are discussed. The limitations of the current knowledge and directions for future research are highlighted.

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