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A Multi-Family group intervention for adolescent depression: the BEST MOOD Program

Poole, L., Lewis, A.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-2519-7976, Knight, T. and Toumbourou, J.W. (2017) A Multi-Family group intervention for adolescent depression: the BEST MOOD Program. Family Process, 56 (2). pp. 317-330.

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Depression is the most common mental disorder for young people and it is associated with educational under-achievement self-harm, and suicidality. Current psychological therapies for adolescent depression are usually focused only on individual-level change and often neglect family or contextual influences. The efficacy of interventions may be enhanced with a broader therapeutic focus on family factors such as communication, conflict, support and cohesion. This paper describes a structured multi-family group approach to the treatment of adolescent depression: Behaviour Exchange Systems Training for adolescent depression (BEST MOOD). BEST MOOD is a manualized intervention that is designed to address both individual and family factors in the treatment of adolescent depression. BEST MOOD adopts a family systems approach that also incorporates psycho-education and elements of attachment theories. The program consists of eight multi-family group therapy sessions delivered over two hours per week, where parents attend the first four sessions and young people and siblings join from week five. The program design is specifically aimed to engage youth who are initially resistant to treatment and to optimize youth and family mental health outcomes. This paper presents an overview of the theoretical model, the session content, and evaluations to-date, and provides a case study to illustrate the approach.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2016 Family Process Institute
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