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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1998 Aug;66(4):685-90.

Cognitive bibliotherapy for mild and moderate adolescent depressive symptomatology.

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  • 1University of Alabama, Department of Psychology, Tuscaloosa 35487-0348, USA.


The efficacy of cognitive bibliotherapy for adolescents experiencing mild and moderate depressive symptomatology was examined with a group of 22 community-dwelling adolescents. Cognitive bibliotherapy was determined to be superior to a delayed-treatment control condition. The treatment produced both statistically and clinically significant improvements in depressive symptoms. Treatment gains were maintained at 1-month follow-up. A significant decrease in dysfunctional thoughts, but not in negative automatic thoughts, was found after treatment. These results contribute to converging evidence on the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatments for adolescents experiencing depressive symptoms.

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