Adolescent depression and the family : a paradox

Shochet, Ian M. & Dadds, Mark R. (1997) Adolescent depression and the family : a paradox. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2(2), pp. 307-312.

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Discusses the role of the family in the development, treatment and prevention of adolescent depression. Studies have demonstrated that between 21–32% of adolescents report mild to severe symptoms of depression. The research points out the need for increased attention to adolescent depression because of its high prevalence, the risk factor for the development of other disorders and suicide, recurrence and tendency to endure into adulthood. Many studies have shown a strong relationship between depressive symptomatology and family factors. Therefore, family interventions should play an important role in the prevention and treatment of adolescent depression. However, there exists a paradox in that the research published to date fails to show that family-intervention programs add to the efficacy of treatments provided to the adolescents. Possible explanations for this paradox are discussed.

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ID Code: 49536
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Adolescent Development, Family Therapy, Major Depression, Prevention, Adolescence, Family Relations
DOI: 10.1177/1359104597022010
ISSN: 1461-7021
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 23 May 2012 23:16
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 23:16

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