Promoting Teen Attachment & Development (PTAD) Lab
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

Posted on January 4th, 2019

Shiloh Zhoh, a PTAD lab undergraduate research assistant, presented her research at the 2018 Minnesota Undergraduate Conference.

Shiloh examined changes in depressed adolescents’ reports of dysfunctional attitudes with interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-A) and the relationship between the change in dysfunctional attitudes and change in attachment style with IPT-A. She found that adolescents demonstrated a significant decrease in dysfunctional attitudes over the course of treatment. Reductions in dysfunctional attitudes were also significantly associated with reductions in attachment anxiety and avoidance. These results suggest that that change in adolescents’ attachment may be an important mechanism of change in adolescents’ dysfunctional thinking patterns.