Implications of research for the treatment of depressive disorders during childhood

Kevin D. Stark, Jeff Laurent, Ron Livingston, Janay Boswell, Susan Swearer

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Basic research into the prevalence, natural course, and phenomena of comorbidity of depressive disorders during childhood are reviewed and implications of this research for treating depressed youths are noted. Results of investigations into the biological aspects of depression are integrated into a multifactorial model of depressive disorders during childhood and the efficacy of pharmacological interventions is discussed. Cognitive theory is integrated with attachment theory to explain a possible avenue to the development of depressive disorders during childhood. Interpersonal therapy has emerged as a potentially effective intervention for depressed youths. Basic tenets of this treatment model are compared and contrasted to a cognitive-behavioral treatment model, and a hybrid treatment referred to as "cognitive therapy within the interpersonal context" is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-102
Number of pages24
JournalApplied and Preventive Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


  • Childhood depression
  • Cognitive therapy for depression
  • Comorbidity
  • Interpersonal therapy for depression
  • Pharmacological interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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