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The Role of Attachment Style in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents
Posted on January 4th, 2019

In a paper recently published in Psychotherapy Research, Dr. Gunlicks-Stoessel and colleagues reported results from a clinical trial of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A) that found that IPT-A is helpful for reducing attachment anxiety and avoidance in teens. They found that adolescents treated with IPT-A reported significant decreases in discomfort with and avoidance of closeness and intimacy, as well as decreases in anxiety about being alone or uncared for. IPT-A was also found to be particularly helpful for reducing depressive symptoms in teens with avoidant attachment patterns. The article can be found here


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