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[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 178–181, 2011]

The new review by Chorpita and colleagues (2011) indicates an expanded number of evidence-based interventions for child and adolescent disorders. Notably, some of the best new treatments combine psychotherapy and medication. The new review wisely includes promising interventions with emerging or lower levels of empirical support. Overall, the evidence base for child and adolescent interventions is broad and strong. Future reviews should provide further differentiation among interventions with higher levels of support. Specifically, the notion of treatment equivalence needs more rigorous justification, effect sizes should be interpreted in the context of trial designs, and reviews should emphasize indices of the quality of supportive evidence.