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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margery R. Johnson, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the theory and technique of cognitive psychotherapy as adapted for use with depressed adolescents.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide instruction in a specific technique of short-term therapy, by modifying a well-established treatment method previously applied primarily to adult patients.
Audience: The intended audience for this book is psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who are engaged in treating adolescents and who already have experience with different forms of therapy.
Features: This book takes a technique of short-term therapy that has proven effective in the treatment of depression in adults and adapts it for use with a younger patient population. The book describes the technique in considerable detail, including clinical vignettes and examples of patient-therapist dialogue. Also included are examples of the charts and "homework" assignments used in this method of treatment. The authors also include sections on using this mode of treatment in different settings and with patients with other conditions in addition to depression.
Assessment: This book provides a very useful adaptation of a specific therapy technique for a rather large segment of the patient population, namely the depressed adolescent. It would be of considerable interest for anyone treating this patient population, especially in this era of emphasis on short-term treatment.