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(p. 1) Importance of Depression Prevention 

(p. 1) Importance of Depression Prevention
(p. 1) Importance of Depression Prevention

Jami F. Young

, Laura Mufson

, and Christie M. Schueler

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date: 16 January 2021

This chapter discusses the development of an interpersonally oriented depression prevention program for adolescents, Interpersonal Psychotherapy–Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST). Depression is a common and debilitating illness that rises in prevalence during the teenage years. Adolescence is therefore an opportune time to provide preventive interventions to reduce the burden of depression. IPT-AST is an adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy, an empirically supported treatment for adult and adolescent depression. The program targets interpersonal risk and protective factors that have been linked to depression in adolescence. IPT-AST is an appropriate program for adolescents with different levels of risk for depression and can be implemented in diverse settings, such as schools, primary care offices, afterschool programs, and community organizations.

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