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(p. 57) Assessment of Preadolescent Depression 

(p. 57) Assessment of Preadolescent Depression
(p. 57) Assessment of Preadolescent Depression

Laura J. Dietz

, Rebecca J. Weinberg

, and Laura Mufson

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date: 18 January 2021

Chapter 4 of Family-based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT) for Depressed Preadolescents reviews techniques and strategies for the clinical assessment of depression in preadolescents. The therapist begins by setting a collaborative tone with preadolescent and parent to explain the goals and the format of the initial meeting. The therapist then meets with the preadolescent individually to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidality. The therapist explores the preteen’s relationships with friends and family, and school functioning to begin to develop an understanding of the interpersonal context of depressive symptoms. Next, the therapist meets with the parent individually to obtain his or her perspective on the child’s symptoms and to gather more information about relevant family circumstances and family history of depression or other psychiatric illnesses. The therapist concludes the clinical assessment by meeting with the preadolescent and the parents together to provide diagnostic impressions and develop a treatment and safety plan.

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