Brief behavioural activation for adolescent depression: working with complexity and risk

Laura Pass, Hannah Whitney, Shirley Reynolds

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Given the long-term negative outcomes associated with depression in adolescence, there is a pressing need to develop brief, evidence based treatments that are accessible to more young people experiencing low mood. Behavioural Activation (BA) is an effective treatment for adult depression, however little research has focused on the use of BA with depressed adolescents, particularly with briefer forms of BA. In this article we outline an adaptation of brief Behavioral Activation Treatment of Depression (BATD) designed for adolescents and delivered in eight sessions (Brief BA). This case example illustrates how a structured, brief intervention was useful for a depressed young person with a number of complicating and risk factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-375
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Case Studies
Issue number5
Early online date21 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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