This title is based on the results of a project based at the Tavistock Clinic in London which set out to explore whether children and young people aged nine years to fifteen years suffering from depression could be helped using brief focused psychodynamic psychotherapy together with parent work and family therapy. There were also centres in Athens, Greece and Helsinki, Finland, and in this way the clinicians had sufficient subjects from which to compare the interventions and check for any possible cultural differences in the results. Most of the children and young people studied showed a noticeable improvement. The book contains chapters by the clinicians involved describing their work as well as a section containing the scientific papers that emerged from the project. It is hoped that this may encourage the use of similar approaches to working in the field, especially in these days when there is such a demand for psychological therapies.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- The Childhood Depression Project -- Background: a short history of the recognition of childhood depression -- Individual Therapy -- The wake-up call of adolescence: time-limited clinical work with three young people -- Lost boys: aspects of projective identification, countertransference, and enactment with three boys -- Affirming a sense of agency: the influence of supervision in once-weekly, time-limited work with a depressed child patient -- Brief psychodynamic psychotherapy in adolescent depression: two case studies -- The work with the parents alongside individual therapy with the children/young people: present and absent parents -- Some reflections on the individual therapy: themes and interventions -- Family Therapy -- The family therapists' experience -- Systemic supervision in the context of a research project: the supervisors' perspective -- Co-morbidity: childhood depression and anxiety in family therapy -- Research -- Childhood depression: a place for psychotherapy -- Psychodynamic and family psychotherapy for young people with major depression: preliminary findings on their psychosocial adjustment -- Depressed children and young people: treatment outcome and changes in family functioning in individual and family therapy -- Conclusions -- Reflections and thoughts: learning from the study