Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents: An Updated Review of Indicators of Efficacy and Effectiveness


  • Bruce F. Chorpita,

  • Eric L. Daleiden,

  • Chad Ebesutani,

  • John Young,

  • Kimberly D. Becker,

  • Brad J. Nakamura,

  • Lisa Phillips,

  • Alyssa Ward,

  • Roxanna Lynch,

  • Lindsay Trent,

  • Rita L. Smith,

  • Kelsie Okamura,

  • Nicole Starace

Address correspondence to Bruce F. Chorpita, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. E-mail: chorpita@ucla.edu.


[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 154–172, 2011]

This updated review of evidence-based treatments follows the original review performed by the Hawaii Task Force. Over 750 treatment protocols from 435 studies were coded and rated on a 5-level strength of evidence system. Results showed large numbers of evidence-based treatments applicable to anxiety, attention, autism, depression, disruptive behavior, eating problems, substance use, and traumatic stress. Treatments were reviewed in terms of diversity of client characteristics, treatment settings and formats, therapist characteristics, and other variables potentially related to feasibility and generalizability. Overall, the literature has expanded considerably since the previous review, yielding a growing list of options and information available to guide decisions about treatment selection.