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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1996 Sep;35(9):1156-61.

Pilot study of continuation cognitive-behavioral therapy for major depression in adolescent psychiatric patients.

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University of Manchester Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury, United Kingdom.



To determine whether continuation of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-C) could prevent relapse in adolescent psychiatric patients who had remitted from major depressive disorder (MDD).


Seventeen patients who continued to have CBT-C for 6 months after remission from MDD were compared with a historical control group of 12 cases who had no further treatment after remission.


Only 1 of the 17 cases who continued with CBT-C dropped out. The cumulative relapse risk during CBT-C was significantly lower (0.2) than it had been in the historical control group (0.5).


CBT-C warrants further investigation in a randomized, controlled trial.

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