Parent Psychoeducation and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Latino Adolescents With Depression

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2008 by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: July 6, 2005
Last updated: April 1, 2008
Last verified: February 2008

This study will determine the effectiveness of adding a parent-involved intervention to cognitive behavior therapy in reducing depressive symptoms among Latino adolescents with depression.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Psychoeducation
Behavioral: Cognitive behavior therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Parent Psychoeducation Intervention in CBT for Depressed Latino Youth

Further study details as provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • General functioning status
  • family functioning
  • school attendance
  • attrition rates

Estimated Enrollment: 144
Study Start Date: July 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2008
Detailed Description:

Adolescent depression can have a devastating impact on social, emotional, and family functioning. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the most common treatment for depression; however, not all patients respond adequately to CBT. In addition, data on the effects of CBT among ethnic minorities are limited. Because Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, the development of treatments specifically designed for depressed Latino youth are needed. This study will determine whether adding a psychoeducation intervention with parent involvement will be more effective in reducing depressive symptoms among Latino adolescents than treatment with CBT alone.

The treatment phase of this study will last 12 weeks. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive 12 weeks of either CBT alone or CBT with psychoeducation. The psychoeducation will consist of 8 sessions over the 12-week treatment period. During the sessions, participants and their parents will be given detailed information about depression and ways the condition can be treated. They will also be taught coping skills and ways to recognize a relapse. CBT sessions will take place weekly during the study. During the sessions, a therapist will work with participants to modify the behavior and thinking patterns that cause and are associated with their depressive symptoms. Both participants and their parents will undergo interviews at study start, study completion, and 3, 9, and 15 months after study completion. During the interviews, participants' depressive symptoms, school attendance, and overall functional status will be assessed. Parents' stress levels and work attendance will also be assessed. At Months 6 and 12 after study completion, participants and their parents will complete questionnaires to assess any relapses in depressive symptoms.

Study hypothesis: Active treatment with psychoeducation will be superior to no psychoeducation in reducing depression post-treatment. Because the psychoeducation intervention is designed to involve parents and thus impact other aspects of the family system, the treatment is expected to produce better outcomes in several functional domains.


Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 17 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of depression
  • Parent or guardian willing to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Psychiatric conditions other than depression
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00118469

Contact: Guillermo Bernal, PhD

Puerto Rico
University Center for Psychological Services and Research, University of Puerto Rico Recruiting
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00926
Contact: Guillermo Bernal   
Principal Investigator: Guillermo Bernal, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Guillermo Bernal, PhD University Center for Psychological Services and Research, University of Puerto Rico
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00118469     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 MH67893, DSIR 84-CTS
Study First Received: July 6, 2005
Last Updated: April 1, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

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Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on October 06, 2015