Treatment for Depressed Preadolescent Girls

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by:
University of Texas at Austin Identifier:
First received: June 3, 2003
Last updated: September 26, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

This study will compare the effectiveness of three therapies for the treatment of depression in preadolescent girls.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Behavioral: Parent Training
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: CBT vs CBT Plus Parent Training for Girls With Depression

Further study details as provided by University of Texas at Austin:

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: April 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2007
Detailed Description:

Depressive disorders during childhood are virulent, long-lasting disorders that are a risk factor for the development of future depressive episodes and other psychiatric difficulties. A dysfunctional family environment is a possible pathway to the development of depression in adolescents. The family environment is an especially salient context for the development of depression in preadolescent girls.

Depression is expressed differently between male and female adolescents; girls may not benefit as much as boys from treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) because the treatments may not target disturbances and skills that are specific to preadolescent girls. This study will identify effective treatments for depression in preadolescent girls.

Depressed participants are randomly assigned to receive CBT, CBT plus parent training (PT), or a minimal contact control (MCC). The CBT group receives treatment twice a week for 10 weeks. Participants in the CBT plus PT group receive therapy sessions and group treatment for 10 weeks. Participants in the MCC group meet with a research associate once a week for 10 weeks. During the control visits, the child's depressive symptoms are assessed, but no advice or treatment is given. Participants are assessed at baseline, post-treatment, and at yearly follow-up visits for up to 4 years. School performance, home environment, and the impact of the interventions on parent adjustment are evaluated.


Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 13 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Depressive Disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Learning disability or limited intellectual ability
  • Health-related illness that would prevent the patient from completing the research study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00061698

United States, Texas
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, United States, 78628
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas at Austin
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00061698     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 MH63998, R01MH063998, DSIR 84-CTS
Study First Received: June 3, 2003
Last Updated: September 26, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on May 21, 2015