Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression in adolescents

Authors

  • Catherine S. Ames,

    1. National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK
    2. Psychology Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK
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  • Jessica Richardson,

    1. National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK
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  • Susanna Payne,

    1. Bethlem Adolescent Unit, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, UK
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  • Patrick Smith,

    1. National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK
    2. Psychology Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK
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  • Eleanor Leigh

    1. National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK
    2. Psychology Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK
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Abstract

Background

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has been shown to be effective in preventing relapse of depression in adults, but has not previously been applied to adolescents who have residual symptoms of depression following treatment.

Method

An 8-week MBCT group was adapted for adolescents, and evaluated using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Results

Participants report high levels of satisfaction with the group intervention. Qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews provides areas for future development of this intervention. Pilot data indicate reductions in depressive symptoms, alongside positive change in mindfulness skills, quality of life and rumination.

Conclusions

Preliminary evidence for the use of MBCT with this group of adolescents is provided.

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