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(p. 305) Comment Chapter: Adapting Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) for Adolescents Who Engage in Bullying Behaviors and Are at Risk for Suicide 

(p. 305) Comment Chapter: Adapting Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) for Adolescents Who Engage in Bullying Behaviors and Are at Risk for Suicide
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(p. 305) Comment Chapter: Adapting Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) for Adolescents Who Engage in Bullying Behaviors and Are at Risk for Suicide
Author(s):

Anat Brunstein Klomek

and Laura Mufson

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0024
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date: 19 November 2019

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) can be adapted for work with adolescents who engage in bullying behaviors (as bullies, victims, or bully-victims) and also suffer from depressive symptoms (clinical/sub-clinical) or suicidal ideation and behaviors. The suggested model should include the original IPT-A manual with the suicide-prevention adaptations (IPT-A- Suicide Prevention) and include 20 sessions with the adolescent, parents and caregivers, or both. The goals of treatment should be: reduction of the bullying and cyber-bullying behavior, improvement in interpersonal functioning, and reduction of the depression symptoms and suicidal risk. The focus is on safety, increasing emotional awareness and understanding, and learning and practicing interpersonal, social, emotional, and behavioral skills, all of which are important for both bullying/cyber-bullying and suicide prevention. The treatment has three phases and focuses on an identified interpersonal problem area. The adaptation presented has not yet been empirically tested; therefore, further research into the treatment’s effectiveness with this population is warranted.

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