Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression in adolescents

Catherine S. Ames*, Jessica Richardson, Susanna Payne, Patrick Smith, Eleanor Leigh

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Abstract

Background
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has been shown to be effective in preventing relapse of depression in adults, but has not previously been applied to adolescents who have residual symptoms of depression following treatment.

Method
An 8-week MBCT group was adapted for adolescents, and evaluated using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Results
Participants report high levels of satisfaction with the group intervention. Qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews provides areas for future development of this intervention. Pilot data indicate reductions in depressive symptoms, alongside positive change in mindfulness skills, quality of life and rumination.

Conclusions
Preliminary evidence for the use of MBCT with this group of adolescents is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume19
Issue number1
Early online date28 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • adolescents
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • CHILDREN
  • DISORDERS
  • QUALITY
  • METAANALYSIS
  • PREVENTION
  • TRIAL

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