Clinical Trial: Effects of Therapist Behavior on the Treatment of Depressed Adolescents

This study is no longer recruiting patients.

Sponsored by: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


The purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate therapist behaviors that affect how well and how long adolescent patients stay in treatment for depression.

Condition Treatment or Intervention Phase
Depressive Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder
 Behavior: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Phase I
Phase II

MedlinePlus related topics:  Depression;   Mental Health

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment, Non-Randomized, Open Label, Uncontrolled, Single Group Assignment, Efficacy Study

Official Title: Engagement and Alliance in CBT for Depressed Adolescents

Further Study Details: 

Expected Total Enrollment:  40

Study start: February 2003;  Study completion: June 2005

Early patient drop out, sporadic attendance, and minimal participation have hindered the development and administration of effective treatments for adolescent depression. Adolescents who do not receive adequate exposure to active treatment are unlikely to benefit from experimentally supported treatments. Certain therapist behaviors may influence the attendance, drop-out, and overall participation of adolescents with depression. This study will evaluate the effect of engagement interventions and alliance on attendance, participation, completion, and outcome in depressed adolescents.

Participants in this study will have 12 weekly sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at a school-based health clinic. Audio recordings from the completed CBT sessions will be replayed and evaluated to identify therapist engagement interventions, therapy alliance, and treatment participation.


Ages Eligible for Study:  13 Years   -   18 Years,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depression or dysthymic disorder
  • Referred by school

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Comorbid psychosis, bipolar disorder, or mental retardation

Location Information

      Denver Public Schools Health Clinics, Denver,  Colorado,  80208,  United States

More Information

Study ID Numbers:  65988-01
Record last reviewed:  April 2005
Last Updated:  April 7, 2005
Record first received:  November 19, 2003 Identifier:  NCT00073359
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005