In Brief: Treating depressed children: Limits of psychotherapy

In Brief

Treating depressed children: Limits of psychotherapy

The largest pooled analysis of controlled studies so far has found that psychotherapy for childhood depression is only moderately and often temporarily successful, and that cognitive therapy is not more effective than other approaches.

The authors believe they have improved on previous meta-analyses that came to more optimistic conclusions. They included more clinical trials, 35 all together. They contacted investigators repeatedly and persuaded them to provide more information. And they say their statistical techniques were more accurate.

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