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)

Authors

  • Josephine Landback
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineThe University of Chicago
  • Micah Prochaska
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineThe University of Chicago
  • Justin Ellis
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineThe University of Chicago
  • Karoline Dmochowska
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineThe University of Chicago
  • Sachiko A. Kuwabara
    • Department of Mental Hygiene, Bloomberg School of Public HealthJohns Hopkins University
  • Tracy Gladstone
    • Wellesley Centers for WomenWellesley College
  • John Larson
    • Department of PsychologyIllinois Institute of Technology
  • Scott Stuart
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa
  • Jackie Gollan
    • Department of PsychiatryNorthwestern University
  • Carl Bell
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois Chicago
  • Nathan Bradford
    • Anderson Area Medical Center
  • Mark Reinecke
    • Department of PsychiatryNorthwestern University
  • Joshua Fogel
    • Department of EconomicsBrooklyn College, City University of New York
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineThe University of Chicago
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Chicago
    • Department of PediatricsUniversity of Chicago
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-009-9226-3

Cite this article as:
Landback, J., Prochaska, M., Ellis, J. et al. Community Ment Health J (2009) 45: 349. doi:10.1007/s10597-009-9226-3

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

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009