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Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
On-line version ISSN 1982-0275
BAHLS, Saint Clair and BAHLS, Flávia Rocha Campos. Psychotherapy in child and adolescent depression. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2003, vol.20, n.2, pp. 25-34. ISSN 1982-0275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2003000200003.
Depression is a common, chronic, recurrent, and often familial illness that frequently first occurs in childhood and adolescence. Child and adolescent depression seems to be occurring more frequently and earlier than before, and it is, nowadays an important public health problem. Because depression in youth is a serious disorder and often predicts subsequent depression in adulthood, treatment for these population is relevant. Therapeutic modes that have been shown to be useful for depressed children and adolescents are multimodal and include psychosocial approaches. This paper will review the present status of psychotherapy treatment of depression in children and adolescents.
Keywords : depression; childhood and adolescence; psychotherapy treatment.