Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depressed Adolescents

Group CBT for Depressed Adolescents addresses problematic thoughts and behaviours related to depression and is delivered in a group setting. Treatments include various components, such as cognitive restructuring, behavioural activation, emotion regulation, communication skills, and problem-solving. Most commonly, adolescents’ (average age 15) receive10-20 hours of group therapy weekly with a trained therapist. It is recommended that sessions should take place for at least 3 months. One well-known example is the Adolescent Coping With Depression (CWD-A) programme.

Target group Adolescents aged 12 – 18 (average age 15) who are suffering from depression
Focus of intervention
    Level of intervention
    • Treatment
    Outcomes affected
    • Good behaviour
    • Not depressed
    Impact of intervention

    Externalising behaviour symptoms: -0.04
    Global functioning: 0.33*
    Major depressive disorder: -0.68*

    *statistically significant at p<0.05

    Figure(s) taken from this report.

    Meta-analysis updated in August 2013.

    Risk & protective factors targeted

    Cost-benefit analysis

    Source of benefits

    Contact information
    Local authorities running the intervention in the UK
    • UK-wide

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