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A Family Depression Prevention Program (FDP)

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. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02021578
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : December 27, 2013
Last Update Posted : February 6, 2020
San Diego State University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Judith Garber, Vanderbilt University

Brief Summary:

The primary aim is to prevent depression in youth and parents in a single, integrated family intervention.

Hypothesis 1a: Children in the Family Depression Prevention (FDP) program will have significantly fewer onsets of depressive episodes and lower levels of anxious/depressive symptoms as compared to children in the Written Information (WI) condition.

Hypothesis 1b: In parents, the amount of time in a depressive episode will be significantly lower for those in the FDP program as compared to those in the WI condition.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Behavioral: Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention Behavioral: Written information Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Depression is a major public health problem affecting over 15 million U.S. adults annually and is especially prevalent in those of parenting age. Offspring of depressed parents are at increased risk of depression and therefore are a critical target for preventive interventions. The current study aims to reduce the rate of depression in parents and their children by adopting an innovative, family-based approach to simultaneously preventing depression in at-risk youth and in their affected parents. The rationale for this approach is based on (a) a conceptual model that integrates parenting processes, stress (particularly that which is associated with parental depression), and children's self-regulatory skills in the face of stress, (b) evidence that depression runs in families, (c) promising results from family- and child-focused depression prevention programs, (d) evidence that in adults, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduces both depressive episodes and their recurrence, and (e) growing consensus among scientists, clinicians, and policymakers on the need for family-based models of healthcare. This 5- year, two-site randomized controlled trial will test a Family Depression Prevention (FDP) program for children (ages 9-15) and their parents with depressive disorders (past or current). This "dual prevention" approach is a novel synthesis of existing evidence-based intervention techniques drawn from child prevention and adult treatment models. Participating families (N=300) will be randomized to either FDP (12 weekly + 3 monthly sessions) or a written information comparison (WI) condition. All parents and children will be evaluated at pre- and post-intervention, and at 6-, 12-, 18-, and 24-months from baseline.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 300 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention of Depression in Youth and Parents
Study Start Date : December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention
A family cognitive behavioral program for parents and children. Parents learn parenting skills and cognitive behavioral techniques for managing depression. Children learn coping skills.
Behavioral: Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention
Parent training and cognitive behavioral intervention with parents. Coping skills training with children.
Other Names:
  • Cognitive behavioral intervention
  • Coping skills training
  • Parent training

Active Comparator: Written Information
Families receive written materials about depression and the effects of parental depression on children.
Behavioral: Written information
Reading materials about depression
Other Names:
  • Psychoeducation
  • Self-help

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. In children, the primary outcome is onset of a depressive episode. In parents, the primary outcome is time in a depressive episode. [ Time Frame: up to two years ]

    For child participants, we will assess time to onset of a depressive disorder (e.g., Major Depressive Episode; persistent depressive disorder) using a semi-structured clinical interview, the Longitudinal Interval Follow-up Evaluation (LIFE).

    For parent participants, we also will use the LIFE to measure the amount of time in a depressive episode during the assessment interval.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Parents: Patient Health Questionnaire - 9 (PHQ-9) [ Time Frame: past two weeks ]
    Parent participants: The PHQ-9 measures 9 symptoms of depression on a 4-point scale. Scores can range from 0 to 36.

  2. Children: Youth Self-report (YSR) anxiety/depression subscale [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Children will complete the YSR, which is a self-report checklist containing 112 items scored on a 3-point scale.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Parent with a current or history of a depressive disorder within child's life
  • Children ages 9.0 to 15.6 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Bipolar I (parent or child)
  • Schizophrenia (parent or child)
  • Current alcohol or drug abuse (parent or child)
  • Conduct disorder; developmental disability (child)
  • Current diagnosis of a depressive disorder (child)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02021578

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United States, California
San Diego State University Recruiting
San Diego, California, United States, 92120-4913
Contact: Robin Weersing, PhD    619-594-8892   
Principal Investigator: Robin Weersing, PhD         
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37203-5721
Contact: Judy Garber, PhD    615-343-0595   
Contact: Bruce Compas, PhD    615-322-8306   
Principal Investigator: Judy Garber, PhD         
Principal Investigator: Bruce Compas, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
San Diego State University
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Principal Investigator: Judy Garber, PhD Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Bruce Compas, PhD Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Robin Weersing, PhD San Diego State University

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Responsible Party: Judith Garber, Professor, Vanderbilt University Identifier: NCT02021578    
Other Study ID Numbers: 8482529
First Posted: December 27, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 6, 2020
Last Verified: February 2020
Keywords provided by Judith Garber, Vanderbilt University:
Mood disorder
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders