Review of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Author(s): Helen Verdeli , Laura Mufson , Lena Lee , Jessica A. Keith .

Journal Name: Current Psychiatry Reviews

Volume 2 , Issue 3 , 2006


Aim: To review the literature on randomized clinical trials for pediatric anxiety and depression, and evaluate their quality using the criteria developed by the American Psychological Association. Method: Inclusion of randomized controlled clinical trials in the medical and psychological literature. Results: Research evidence thus far suggests that CBT is a probably efficacious treatment for depression in children. None of the CBT protocols for depressed adolescents (taken independently) meet criteria for a well-established treatment, however, if the different protocols are taken as an aggregate, then CBT meets well-established treatment criteria. In addition, IPT-A is a well-established treatment for adolescent depression. CBT is the best established treatment for a number of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. Conclusion: While there has been an increase in the number of clinical trials of psychotherapeutic interventions for depression and anxiety as well as support for empirically-based treatments, the scope of these studies is still limited and research is still needed to examine the transportability of these treatments to diverse community settings.

Keywords: cognitive distortions, Depression model, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Social Phobia, Mixed Anxiety Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), PTSD

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Year: 2006
Page: [395 - 421]
Pages: 27
DOI: 10.2174/157340006778018102
Price: $58

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