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Columbus, Ohio 43210


Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a Multifamily Psychoeducation Group for the families of children with mood disorders.


Study summary:

Mood disorders among youth are a major health concern. Existing mood disorder studies focus on adults, and studies that focus on effective intervention strategies for youth with mood disorders are needed. This 8-session study is an adjunct to ongoing medication management and individual and family psychotherapy for children with mood disorders. In this study, parents learn about mood disorders, their treatments, and how to work effectively with mental health and school systems. Parents also practice problem-solving and communication skills for symptom management. Children learn about mood disorders and their treatments, including basic cognitive-behavioral principles. Children also learn and practice anger management, problem-solving, and communication skills. Patients and their families are randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. The first group receives 8 sessions of psychoeducation plus treatment as usual (TAU). The second group is a wait-list control in which participants receive only TAU. Patients and caregivers undergo a variety of interviews, tests, and behavioral observations throughout the study. Anxiety, depression, psychosocial stressors, manic symptoms, and children's experiences with psychotropic medications and with treatment or service providers are assessed. Caregivers, teachers, and family friends undergo interviews and make observations of the patient's level of support, general appearance and behavior, and overall functional capacity. The extent to which caregivers agree on the need for treatment and the extent of caregivers' knowledge of mood disorders is also assessed. Assessments occur at 3, 6, 12, 15, and 18 months after study enrollment. A comprehensive assessment is conducted at study entry and 1 year later.


Criteria:

Inclusion criteria: - Major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, or bipolar disorder (Type I or II) - IQ greater than 70 - At least one parent/caregiver willing to participate in the study - Able to attend six or more of the eight treatment sessions with at least 1 parent


NCT ID:

NCT00050557


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Mary A. Fristad, PhD
Ohio State University


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Columbus, Ohio 43210
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: December 13, 2017

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