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A multi-family group intervention for adolescent depression: the BEST MOOD program

Poole, Lucinda A., Lewis, Andrew J., Toumbourou, John W., Knight, Tess, Bertino, Melanie D. and Pryor, Reima 2016, A multi-family group intervention for adolescent depression: the BEST MOOD program, Family process, no. In Press, doi: 10.1111/famp.12218.

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Title A multi-family group intervention for adolescent depression: the BEST MOOD program
Author(s) Poole, Lucinda A.
Lewis, Andrew J.
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W.
Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess
Bertino, Melanie D.
Pryor, Reima
Journal name Family process
Issue number In Press
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05-09
ISSN 1545-5300
Keyword(s) adolescence
program design
psychological therapy
basado en la familia
diseño de programa
terapia psicológica
Summary Depression is the most common mental disorder for young people, and it is associated with educational underachievement, self-harm, and suicidality. Current psychological therapies for adolescent depression are usually focused only on individual-level change and often neglect family or contextual influences. The efficacy of interventions may be enhanced with a broader therapeutic focus on family factors such as communication, conflict, support, and cohesion. This article describes a structured multi-family group approach to the treatment of adolescent depression: Behaviour Exchange Systems Therapy for adolescent depression (BEST MOOD). BEST MOOD is a manualized intervention that is designed to address both individual and family factors in the treatment of adolescent depression. BEST MOOD adopts a family systems approach that also incorporates psychoeducation and elements of attachment theories. The program consists of eight multifamily group therapy sessions delivered over 2 hours per week, where parents attend the first four sessions and young people and siblings join from week 5. The program design is specifically aimed to engage youth who are initially resistant to treatment and to optimize youth and family mental health outcomes. This article presents an overview of the theoretical model, session content, and evaluations to date, and provides a case study to illustrate the approach.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/famp.12218
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1607 Social Work
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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