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Treatment offered for depressed children

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 27 - April 10, 1997

Parents of children with emotional problems can receive free assessment and treatment for those children by participating in a study at Virginia Tech's Child Study Center.

The study, conducted by graduate student Amanda Goza and Thomas Ollendick, professor of psychology, examines the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral and family interventions in the treatment of depression in children between the ages of 9 and 13. It will involve six weeks of treatment targeting both the problematic behaviors and maladaptive thoughts of the depressed child and, in some instances, family variables such as family communication, decision making, and parental stress. Only the depressed child and the care-giving parent(s) are needed for the study. All information in this study will remain confidential.

The study is ongoing and will continue for several months. For more information, call Goza at 1-6914.