Innovations in Practice
Innovations in Practice: MICHI, a brief cognitive-behavioural group therapy for adolescents with depression – a pilot study of feasibility in an inpatient setting
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 247–250, November 2013
How to Cite
Straub, J., Koelch, M., Fegert, J., Plener, P., Gonzalez-Aracil, I., Voit, A. and Sproeber, N. (2013), Innovations in Practice: MICHI, a brief cognitive-behavioural group therapy for adolescents with depression – a pilot study of feasibility in an inpatient setting. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 247–250. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00678.x
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2012
- Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Education and Research
- Transregio Kompetenzzentrum KJP
- brief psychotherapy;
- cognitive-behavioural group intervention
Group therapy is an economic intervention, allowing for fast access, for the treatment of several depressed adolescents simultaneously; evaluated manualised programs, however, are scarce.
Nine depressive adolescent inpatients (M = 16.33 years; SD = 1.92) participated between October 2009 and March 2010 in a brief manualised group therapy programme (MICHI), which was evaluated with respect to feasibility and trends of efficacy.
MICHI demonstrated good feasibility, was positively evaluated by the participants by means of an evaluation questionnaire ranging from 1 (very bad) to 10 (very good) (M = 7.22; SD = 1.79), and showed significant reduction of depressive symptoms (z = −2.66, p = .008) assessed by means of a clinical interview.
Feasibility of MICHI was demonstrated and larger trials for efficacy will follow.