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Efficacy of psychotherapy with children and adolescents

  • Efficacy of Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents Psychotherapeutic interventions require empirical as well as scientific assessment. Specifically, the proven efficacy of psychotherapy for children and adolescents is essential. Thus, studies examining treatment efficacy and meta-analyses are necessary to compare effect sizes of individual therapeutic interventions between treatment groups and waiting control groups. Assessment of 138 primary studies from 1993-2009 documented the efficacy of psychotherapy for children and adolescents. Furthermore, behavioural therapy outperformed non-behavioural interventions, as 90 % of behavioural interventions showed larger effect sizes compared to non-behavioural psychotherapy. Analysis of moderator variables demonstrated an improved treatment efficacy for individual therapy, inclusion of the family, treatment of internalised disorders, and in clinical samples. Stability of psychotherapeutic treatment effects over time was demonstrated.

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Author:Günter EsserGND, Sarah Blank
ISSN:0032-7034 (print)
Parent Title (German):Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie : Ergebnisse aus Psychotherapie, Beratung und Psychiatrie
Publisher:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place of publication:Göttingen
Document Type:Review
Year of first Publication:2011
Year of Completion:2011
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:child and adolescent psychotherapy; efficacy; meta-analysis; psychotherapy
First Page:626
Last Page:638
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert