Psychological Therapists’ perceptions of adolescent depression and its treatment: a mixed methods online survey

Bethany Cliffe, Amelia Peck, Jawairya Shafique, Emily Hards, Maria Loades

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Abstract

Background: Challenges to implementating interventions for adolescent depression exist. Exploring the perceptions of key stakeholders in the treatment of adolescent depression is essential for improving implementation . This study aimed to explore psychological therapists' perceptions of, and experiences treating, adolescent depression to identify future avenues for exploration.

Method: Data were collected opportunistically via a survey integrated within an e-learning package about adolescent depression.

Results: Participants believed that adolescent depression was characterised by adolescents' lack of understanding, isolation, and a lack of hope and knowledge. Participants overcame engagement barriers by building trust. Following the e-learning, participants expressed increased understanding of the risk factors associated with adolescent depression and of assessment using different measures. Several key areas for future research to explore were identified and discussed, including (1) whether clinicians of different modalities or at different career stages have difference perceptions, (2) how to meaningfully engage adolescents in treatment and (3) how to train clinicians on different modalities so patients have a choice over their treatment.

Conclusion: This study demonstrates the value of knowledge gained from understanding psychological therapists' perceptions and illustrates how this can contribute to the improved treatment of adolescent depression.
Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Early online date29 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 May 2022

Keywords

  • Depression
  • adolescent
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • evidence-based therapy
  • therapist perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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