Attachment-based family therapy for depressed adolescents: A treatment development study Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE:: To design a treatment manual and adherence measure for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) for adolescent depression and to collect pilot data on the treatment's efficacy. METHOD:: Over a period of 2 years, 32 adolescents meeting DSM-III-R criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD) were randomly assigned to 12 weeks of ABFT or a 6- week, minimal-contact, waitlist control group. The sample was 78% female and 69% African American; 69% were from low-income, inner-city communities. RESULTS:: At post …

publication date

  • October 31, 2002