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Feasibility of treating depression in pregnant adolescents using brief interpersonal psychotherapy

Bledsoe, Sarah E., Wike, Traci, Killian-Farrell, Candace, Lombardi, Brianna, Rizo, Cynthia, Bellows, Anne-Marie O., Sommers, Amy R. and Sheely, Amanda L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1733-6059 (2017) Feasibility of treating depression in pregnant adolescents using brief interpersonal psychotherapy. Social Work in Mental Health. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1533-2985

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15332985.2017.1382429


The current study examines a pilot study testing the feasibility of treating antenatal depression in public health clinics serving low-income adolescents using adapted brief interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in pregnant adolescents (IPT-BPA). This research addresses the disproportionate incidence of antenatal depression and its associated negative outcomes, including postpartum depression, among low-income adolescent mothers. Participants (N = 14) were recruited from two county-based public prenatal care clinics. Eligible participants were pregnant adolescents with major depression. Participants received nine sessions of IPT-BPA. Depressive symptoms were measured pre-and post-treatment. Differences were examined using paired t-tests. Most (81%) referred adolescents completed screening, and 73% met eligibility criteria. Of 16 eligible adolescents, 14 (87.5%) consented to participation, and 13 (93%) completed IPT-BPA . Participants who completed IPT-BPA experienced significant decreases in depression. The successful recruitment and retention of pregnant, depressed adolescents combined with significant, positive post-treatment changes in depression support the feasibility of treating adolescent perinatal depression in public health clinics using IPT-BPA.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 17:16
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:34

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