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A Review of Child and Adolescent Depression: Family Factors and Treatment

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DOI: 10.25236/cmph.2019.022


Yifan Chen

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Yifan Chen


Depression in child and adolescent is a big problem since it impairs normal functioning of the youth. Since Youth are known to be closely related to their families, this review is focused on examining the family risk factors and family based treatment for youth depression based on the past researches. Parenting, attachment styles, family conflicts, and parents’ depression and cognitive styles which has been identified to correlated with depressive symptoms are integrated in this paper. In terms of treatment, two effective family treatments are reviewed in this paper: Attachment-based therapy (ABFT), and Family-Focused Treatment for Childhood Depression (FFT-CD)


Child and adolescent depression; family; risk factors; treatment