Psychological interventions for depression in children and young people with an intellectual disability and/or autism: systematic review

Cameron, LA, Phillips, K, Melvin, Glenn, Hastings, RP and Gray, KM 2020, Psychological interventions for depression in children and young people with an intellectual disability and/or autism: systematic review, British Journal of Psychiatry, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1192/bjp.2020.226.

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Title Psychological interventions for depression in children and young people with an intellectual disability and/or autism: systematic review
Author(s) Cameron, LA
Phillips, K
Melvin, GlennORCID iD for Melvin, Glenn orcid.org/0000-0002-6958-3908
Hastings, RP
Gray, KM
Journal name British Journal of Psychiatry
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-11-17
ISSN 0007-1250
1472-1465
Keyword(s) Intellectual disability
autism spectrum disorders
children and young people
depression
psychological intervention
Summary Background Children and young people with intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism) experience higher rates of mental health problems, including depression, than their typically developing peers. Although international guidelines suggest psychological therapies as first-line intervention for children and young people, there is limited evidence for psychological therapy for depression in children and young people with intellectual disability and/or autism. Aims To evaluate the current evidence base for psychological interventions for depression in children and young people with intellectual disability and/or autism, and examine the experiences of children and young people with intellectual disability and/or autism, their families and therapists, in receiving and delivering psychological treatment for depression. Method Databases were searched up to 30 April 2020 using pre-defined search terms and criteria. Articles were independently screened and assessed for risk of bias. Data were synthesised and reported in a narrative review format. Results A total of 10 studies met the inclusion criteria. Four identified studies were clinical case reports and six were quasi-experimental or experimental studies. All studies were assessed as being of moderate or high risk of bias. Participants with intellectual disability were included in four studies. There was limited data on the experiences of young people, their families or therapists in receiving or delivering psychological treatment for depression. Conclusions Well-designed, randomised controlled trials are critical to develop an evidence base for psychological treatment for young people with intellectual disability and/or autism with depression. Future research should evaluate the treatment experiences of young people, their families and therapists.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1192/bjp.2020.226
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Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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