Adapting brief Behavioural Activation (BA) for adolescent depression: a case example

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Abstract

There is an increasing evidence base for the effectiveness of Behavioural Activation in treating adult depression; however, there has been little investigation of using this approach with adolescents. This article reports on the adaptation of brief Behavioural Activation for Depression (BATD) for adolescents (BATD-A). A case study is reported to illustrate the brief structured approach, treatment response as indicated by routine outcome measures, and the family?s view of the intervention. The adaptations made to the adult BATD manual are discussed including parental input, adapted values and activities, and engagement issues. It is hoped that following further evaluation, BATD-A could be successfully delivered as a low-intensity intervention for depression.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapist
Volume8
Early online date18 Aug 2015
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Publication statusPublished - 2015

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