Journal article

Facilitating improvements in young people's social relationships to prevent or treat depression: A review of empirically supported interventions

Kate Filia, Oliver Eastwood, Sarah Herniman, Paul Badcock



Interpersonal difficulties are often implicated in the onset of depressive disorders, and typically exacerbate depressive symptoms. This is particularly true for young people, given rapid changes in, and the increased importance of, their social relationships. The purpose of this narrative review was to identify empirically supported interventions that aim to prevent or treat depression in young people by facilitating improvements in their social environment. We conducted a search of controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of such interventions, published between 1980 and June 2020. Our literature search and interpretation of results was informed by consultations with clinica..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors express their sincere gratitude to the young people and clinical experts who contributed valuable feedback throughout the various stages of this project. We also thank Alan Bailey and Patrick Condron for their assistance with our literature search strategies. This work was funded by a Wellcome Trust Mental Health Priority Area 'Active Ingredients' commission awarded to Paul Badcock at Orygen and The University of Melbourne.