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Adolescence. 1994 Summer;29(114):293-302.

Social skills training to reduce depression in adolescents.

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Department of Psychology Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401.

Abstract

The efficacy of Structured Learning Therapy (SLT) in treating adolescent depression was evaluated. SLT treatment focuses on developing social competencies, self-evaluation skills, and appropriate affective expression. Eighteen adolescents, aged 14-19 years, prescreened for depression were randomly assigned to the SLT treatment or control group. All subjects participated in six biweekly 60-minute sessions. Pre-, post, and follow-up assessments on depression, self-esteem, and personality measures were conducted. Results suggest that SLT reliably reduced depression in males (p < .05) and maintained their improved level of functioning (p < .02). Female treatment subjects did not improve significantly. Results suggest differential effectiveness of treatment across gender.

PMID:
8085482
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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