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Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2008 Jul;14(3):234-45. doi: 10.1037/1099-9809.14.3.234.

Individual and group CBT and IPT for Puerto Rican adolescents with depressive symptoms.

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Department of Psychology, University Center for Psychological Services and Research, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR.


This study compared individual (I) to group (G) formats of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for the treatment of depression in adolescents. One hundred and 12 Puerto Rican adolescents were randomized to four conditions (CBT-I, CBT-G, IPT-I, IPT-G). Participants were assessed at pretreatment and posttreatment with structured interviews to establish diagnosis and with self-report measures to assess treatment outcome. The results suggest that CBT and IPT are robust treatments in both group and individual formats. However, CBT produced significantly greater decreases in depressive symptoms and improved self-concept than IPT. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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