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Motivationally-Enhanced Brief Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Mothers of Ill Children

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: October 25, 2005
Last updated: June 21, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
This study will investigate the effectiveness of motivationally-enhanced brief interpersonal psychotherapy (MI-IPT-B) in treating depression in mothers who bring their children to a child mental health clinic for psychiatric treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Motivationally-Enhanced Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Motivationally-Enhanced Brief Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Mothers of Ill Children (MI-IPT-B-II)

Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Score on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression; measured at baseline, Week 14, and Month 6

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Score on the Beck Depression Inventory; measured at baseline, Week 14, and Month 6

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: April 2003
Study Completion Date: March 2006
Detailed Description:

Depression is a serious illness and is common in mothers who have children facing an illness. Research has shown that these mothers, in particular, need better coping skills and ways to relieve depressive symptoms. Helping mothers of ill children achieve better mental health may also be beneficial to their children. Studies have shown that psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression, and often results in long-term improvements in depressive symptoms. This study will investigate the effectiveness of MI-IPT-B in treating depression in mothers who bring their children to a child mental health clinic for psychiatric treatment.

Participants in this open label study will be randomly assigned to receive either MI-IPT-B or facilitated referral to treatment as usual (F-TAU). Participants in both groups will undergo the same screening procedures following assignment to an intervention. The MI-IPT-B group will also receive one session of motivational therapy at the time of the initial screening procedures. Participants assigned to receive MI-IPT-B will report to the study site once weekly for therapy. This type of therapy will focus on improving the participants' relationships with their peers and the way that they perceive themselves. The F-TAU group will receive a referral for standard mental health care within the community health system. Both treatments will last 8 weeks. All participants will return to the study site at Week 14 and Month 6 for follow-up assessments of depressive symptoms.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • Biological or adoptive mother whose child between the ages of 6 and 18 is treated in the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center or the Center for Children and Families (CCF)
  • Mother lives with and has custody of the child receiving treatment
  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for current unipolar depressive disorder (e.g., dysthymic disorder, depressive disorder, or single or recurrent episodes of major depressive disorder)
  • Score of greater than 16 on the Beck Depression Inventory
  • Score of greater than 15 on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (17-item)
  • Willingness to maintain existing stable dose of antidepressant medication throughout the study if currently on medication and still experiencing symptoms of depression
  • Willingness of child (treated in STAR clinic or CCF) to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently receiving antidepressant medication at sub-therapeutic doses or at therapeutic doses but for an inadequate period of time to assess response
  • Current dose of medication has not been stable for at least 8 weeks prior to study enrollment
  • Suicidal or homicidal
  • Requires hospitalization
  • At risk for child abuse or neglect and requires intervention
  • Simultaneous psychotic disorder or organic mental disorder
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse within 6 months of study enrollment
  • History of a prior manic episode
  • Significant medical illness that might explain depressive symptoms (e.g., epilepsy, autoimmune disorders, liver dysfunction, unstable endocrine disease)
  • Not fluent in English
  • Severe cognitive deficits that would interfere with psychotherapy treatment
  • Currently receiving another form of individual psychotherapy or couples therapy (except for participation in a support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00245193

United States, Pennsylvania
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15231
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Holly Swartz, MD University of Pittsburgh
  More Information Identifier: NCT00245193     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23MH064518 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: October 25, 2005
Last Updated: June 21, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
Major Depression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on May 22, 2017