A Clinic-based Prevention Program for Families of Depressed Mothers
Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity
Behavioral: Family Functioning Intervention
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||A Clinic-based Program for Families of Depressed Mothers|
- Acceptability of program to parents, children, clinicians, and administrators throughout 10 weeks [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Improvement in the understanding of depression, family communication, parenting practices, and child coping over a one-year period [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Intervention: "Keeping Families Strong" Cognitive Behavioral and Communication intervention with mothers recovering from depression and their children, 9 years and older.
|Behavioral: Family Functioning Intervention|
Children of depressed mothers are at high risk for developing serious psychiatric disorders. While genetics can account for about 34% of cases of childhood psychiatric disorders, children of depressed parents are at an even greater risk of developing mental disorders. The "Keeping Families Strong" program, or KFS, was built from evidence-based prevention programs. Its goal is to provide educational, cognitive, and behavioral interventions. These interventions are meant to enhance understanding about depression and its effects on families, improve communication within families, enhance social support, increase positive and consistent parenting, and improve child coping. This will likely improve the children's mental health, as well as positively affect the short- and long-term outcomes of parents recovering from a depressive episode. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of the KFS program in avoiding or delaying the onset of psychiatric disorders among children with depressed mothers.
This 10-week, open-label program will involve 12 meetings, lasting 2 hours each. The parents and the children will attend separate meetings each week on the same nights. Children are prone to take on their parents' responsibilities to prevent them from becoming depressed. In order to avoid this, the children's meetings will focus on clarifying role responsibilities. There will be two additional follow-up meetings in the 3 months following completion of the program. All caregivers are encouraged to participate, including depressed fathers.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00149812
|United States, Maryland|
|Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205|
|Principal Investigator:||Anne W. Riley, PhD||Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University|