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Effects of Therapist Behavior on the Treatment of Depressed Adolescents

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00073359
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 21, 2003
Last Update Posted : April 19, 2019
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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University of Denver

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate therapist behaviors that affect how well and how long adolescent patients stay in treatment for depression.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Depressive Disorder Dysthymic Disorder Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Early patient drop out, sporadic attendance, and minimal participation have hindered the development and administration of effective treatments for adolescent depression. Adolescents who do not receive adequate exposure to active treatment are unlikely to benefit from experimentally supported treatments. Certain therapist behaviors may influence the attendance, drop-out, and overall participation of adolescents with depression. This study will evaluate the effect of engagement interventions and alliance on attendance, participation, completion, and outcome in depressed adolescents.

Participants in this study will have 12 weekly sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at a school-based health clinic. Audio recordings from the completed CBT sessions will be replayed and evaluated to identify therapist engagement interventions, therapy alliance, and treatment participation.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Engagement and Alliance in CBT for Depressed Adolescents
Study Start Date : February 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2005

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depression or dysthymic disorder
  • Referred by school

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Comorbid psychosis, bipolar disorder, or mental retardation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00073359

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United States, Colorado
Denver Public Schools Health Clinics
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80208
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Denver
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00073359     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH065988 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R21MH065988 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: November 21, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 19, 2019
Last Verified: April 2019

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depressive Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders