Interpersonal Intervention for Adolescents with Subclinical Levels of Emotional Disorders
Holmes, Jenna C.
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Given the strong associations between depressive symptoms, social anxiety, peer relations, and peer victimization in adolescence, it is important to study the effects of emotional disorder interventions in an interpersonal context. "U Talk" is a preventative intervention based on an interpersonal model for the treatment and prevention of adolescent depression. The aim of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the U Talk intervention on measures of social anxiety, peer victimization, depression, and peer relationship quality, as well as comparing its effectiveness with an active supportive therapy control. Forty-nine adolescent participants with subclinical levels of depression and/or social anxiety and high reports of peer victimization were randomly assigned to take part in the U Talk intervention or an active educational/support control condition. Based on the findings of Young, Mufson, and Davies (2006), it is predicted that self-reports of depressive symptoms, symptoms of social anxiety, reports of peer victimization, and the clinical severity of emotional disorders will be significantly lower for participants in the U Talk intervention compared to those in the control condition. It is also predicted that participants in the U Talk condition will show significant improvement in relationship quality compared to the active control. Overall, findings may suggest that specific intervention elements addressing peer victimization and social anxiety will lead to significant reductions in depression symptoms and severity. Data collection was incomplete at the present time, so projected results and discussion are provided.