Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 91–113 | Cite as

A comparison of the relative efficacy of self-control therapy and a behavioral problem-solving therapy for depression in children

  • Kevin D. Stark
  • William M. Reynolds
  • Nadine J. Kaslow


Twenty-nine children 9 to 12 years old who were identified as moderately to severely depressed using the Children's Depression Inventory were randomly assigned to either a self-control, behavioral problem-solving, or waiting list condition. The self-control treatment focused on teaching children self-management skills. The behavioral problem-solving therapy consisted of education, self-monitoring of pleasant events, and group problem solving directed toward improving social behavior. Subjects were assessed pre-and posttreatment and at 8-week follow-up with multiple assessment procedures and from multiple perspectives. At posttreatment, subjects in both active treatments reported significant improvement on self-report and interview measures of depression while subjects in the waiting list condition reported minimal change. Results were maintained at follow-up. The general success of the experimental treatments was discussed and recommendations for further treatment components were provided.


Active Treatment Social Behavior Experimental Treatment General Success Minimal Change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin D. Stark
    • 3
  • William M. Reynolds
    • 1
  • Nadine J. Kaslow
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Psychological ServicesLos Angeles
  2. 2.West Haven Mental Health ClinicWest Haven
  3. 3.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustin

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