Brief Report

Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 349-354

From Prototype to Product: Development of a Primary Care/Internet Based Depression Prevention Intervention for Adolescents (CATCH-IT)

  • Josephine LandbackAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • , Micah ProchaskaAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • , Justin EllisAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • , Karoline DmochowskaAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • , Sachiko A. KuwabaraAffiliated withDepartment of Mental Hygiene, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • , Tracy GladstoneAffiliated withWellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
  • , John LarsonAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • , Scott StuartAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Iowa
  • , Jackie GollanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Northwestern University
    • , Carl BellAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Illinois Chicago
    • , Nathan BradfordAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of ChicagoAnderson Area Medical Center
    • , Mark ReineckeAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Northwestern University
    • , Joshua FogelAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of ChicagoDepartment of Economics, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    • , Benjamin W. Van VoorheesAffiliated withSection of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of ChicagoDepartment of Psychiatry, University of ChicagoDepartment of Pediatrics, University of Chicago Email author 

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Abstract

We describe the prototype to product development process of a low cost, socio-culturally relevant, easily implemented Internet-based depression prevention intervention for adolescents in primary care. The intervention named “Project CATCH-IT” (Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive-behavioral, Humanistic and Interpersonal Training) includes an initial motivational interview in primary care to engage the adolescent, fourteen Web-based modules based on behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy which target known risk factors, and a follow-up motivational interview in primary care. This was successfully fielded in a pilot study with 25 adolescents. We know of no other similar interventions developed for the prevention of depression in youth that is potentially universally available at low cost and that utilizes existing systems of healthcare providers.

Keywords

Depressive disorder Adolescents Prevention Internet Primary care Intervention