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J Clin Child Psychol. 1998 Jun;27(2):146-55.

Applying the criteria for empirically supported treatments to studies of psychosocial interventions for child and adolescent depression.

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Department of Psychiatry, Grady Health System, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30335-380, USA.


Reviews the psychosocial treatment outcome studies for depressed children and adolescents and concludes that psychosocial interventions are effective at posttreatment and follow-up in reducing depressive symptoms/disorders in clinical and nonclinical samples of youth, regardless of treatment modality or extent of parental involvement. The article then examines the extent to which each study conforms to the guidelines set forth by the Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures (1996) for well-established and probably efficacious interventions. Results of this analysis indicate only 2 series of studies that meet criteria for probably efficacious interventions and no studies that meet criteria for well-established treatments. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of applying criteria for empirically supported treatments to identify good treatments for depressed youth are discussed, the importance of devising developmentally and culturally sensitive interventions targeted to the unique needs of each child is highlighted, and recommendations for future research that is informed by clinical practice and empirical findings are offered.

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