Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents

Meredith L. Gunlicks, Laura Mufson

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Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A; Mufson, Dorta, Moreau, and Weissman, 2004) is a time-limited psychotherapeutic intervention adapted from interpersonal psychotherapy for adults (IPT; Klerman, Weissman, Rounsaville, and Chevron, 1984; Weissman, Markowitz, and Klerman, 2000). There is a large body of research demonstrating the effi cacy of IPT for depressed adults (Weissman et al., 2000). IPT is based on the principle that, regardless of the underlying cause of the depression, the disorder occurs within an interpersonal context. It assumes that depression can negatively impact interpersonal relationships, and problematic relationships and social interactions can have negative effects on mood. The goal of IPT is to decrease depressive symptoms by focusing on current interpersonal dif? culties and helping the individual improve his or her relationships and interpersonal interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Depression in Adolescents
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781136675867
ISBN (Print)9780203809518
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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