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First Experimental Study of Transference Work - In Teenagers (FEST-IT)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2012 by Sykehuset i Vestfold HF
University of Oslo
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Randi Ulberg, Sykehuset i Vestfold HF Identifier:
First received: February 8, 2012
Last updated: February 9, 2012
Last verified: February 2012

The First Experimental Study on Transference work - In Teenagers (FEST-IT) will be a randomized clinical trial, which will be designed to explore effects of transference work in dynamic psychotherapy in adolescents with MDD. The design of the study is a so-called dismantling design, in which a single component is added and/or varied to an existent treatment method (psychodynamic psychotherapy). Thus, the efficiency of a specific technique (transference interventions) can be identified.

The primary hypothesis is that the transference group may have a more favorable course over time than will the comparison group.

The second hypothesis is that patients with a history of low Quality of Object Relations score and/or lacking personality disorders—might benefit more from therapy with transference work than from therapy without.

The third hypothesis is that female adolescents may have better treatment effect of transference work than male adolescents.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Individual therapy
Other: Psychotherapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment

Further study details as provided by Sykehuset i Vestfold HF:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Psychodynamic Functioning Scales (PFS)
  • Inventory of Interpersonal Problems-Circumplex Version (IIP-C)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)
  • Symptom Checklist-90 (Global Severity Index; GSI)
  • Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
  • Montgomery Åsberg Rating Scale (MADRS)

Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2028
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Transference work Behavioral: Individual therapy Other: Psychotherapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescents aged 16 - 18 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pervasive developmental disorder,
  • psychosis, or substance abuse
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01531101

Contact: Randi Ulberg, PhD + 47 22 02 99 77
Contact: Anne Hersoug, Dr.Phil. + 47 22 02 99 77

Research Unit, Division of Recruiting
Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway, 3103
Contact: Randi Ulberg, PhD         
Principal Investigator: Randi Ulberg, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Anne Hersoug, Dr.Phil         
Sub-Investigator: Per Høglend,         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Randi Ulberg
University of Oslo
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Randi Ulberg, Researcher, Sykehuset i Vestfold HF Identifier: NCT01531101     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Sykehuset i Vestfold, REK: 2011/1424 FEST-IT
Study First Received: February 8, 2012
Last Updated: February 9, 2012
Health Authority: Norway: Regionale komiteer for medisinsk og helsefaglig forskningsetikk

Keywords provided by Sykehuset i Vestfold HF:
Transference work

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 20, 2014