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Behav Cogn Psychother. 2011 May;39(3):273-84. doi: 10.1017/S135246581000086X. Epub 2011 Jan 28.

Computerized CBT (Think, Feel, Do) for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents: outcomes and feedback from a pilot randomized controlled trial.

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Mental Health Research and Development Unit (MHRDU), School for Health, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, UK. p.stallard@bath.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of computerized cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) for depression and anxiety in adults, but there has been little work with children and adolescents.

AIMS:

To describe the development of a cCBT intervention (Think, Feel, Do) for young people, and preliminary outcomes and feedback from a pilot randomized controlled trial.

METHOD:

Twenty participants aged 11 to 16 with depression or anxiety were randomized to receive cCBT immediately or after a delay. Standardized measures were used to assess self-reported anxiety, depression, self-esteem and cognitions, as well as parent rated strengths and difficulties. A feedback form was also completed to assess young people's views of the programme.

RESULTS:

A total of 15 participants completed the pre and post assessments in the trial, and 17 provided feedback on the intervention. Paired samples t-tests demonstrated significant improvements on 3 subscales in the control condition, compared to 7 subscales in the cCBT condition. Feedback showed moderate to high satisfaction for participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides encouraging preliminary results for the effectiveness and acceptability of cCBT with this age group.

PMID:
21272393
DOI:
10.1017/S135246581000086X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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