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Volume 13, Issue 2 (1984)

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Phenomenology, Evaluation, and Treatment

pp. 171—182

ABSTRACT: This paper examines depression in childhood and adolescence. Until recently a little understood clinical phenomena, the very existence of which was questioned, depression is now considered a significant affective disorder in children and adolescents. The purpose of this article is to provide school psychologists with information as to the current status of depression in children and adolescents. Epidemiological data on depression in children and adolescents is provided along with currently accepted phenomenology and diagnostic criteria, a review of measures used in assessment, and psychological intervention strategies for ameliorating depressive symptomatology. The importance of primary prevention and early intervention for affective disorders and the school psychologist’s, role in this endeavor also is discussed.

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