Motivational interviewing with a depressed adolescent

TitleMotivational interviewing with a depressed adolescent
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBrody, AE
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0021-97621097-4679
Accession Number2009-19391-003. First Author & Affiliation: Brody, Amanda E.
KeywordsAdolescent Psychotherapy, depressed adolescent, major depression, motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a potentially useful tool for clinicians who are exploring ways to improve treatment outcomes with depressed clients. MI techniques may be particularly appropriate with depressed adolescents, for whom motivation to engage in therapy is often a problem and who often experience ambivalence about life choices. The present article presents a case description of MI with a depressed adolescent who was ambivalent about what life change to pursue. MI was used to help the client identify conflicts between her values, learn how they were contributing to her distress, and move toward resolving them. Advantages and limitations of these techniques are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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