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Jaclynn Lubbers ACF Abstract FY12

"Meeting Teens Where They Are: The feasibility of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for depressed adolescents in pediatric primary care"

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Depression among adolescents is underidentified and undertreated due to challenges within mental health systems and primary care settings. These result in poor outcomes. This study expands the role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care by redesigning the detection and treatment of depressed adolescents. An evidence-based, 7-session with homework, manualized cognitive behavioral intervention, named Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) curriculum, will be implemented in a primary care practice in a Midwestern town. A convenience sample of 25-30 adolescents between the ages of 14-18 will be used. Outcome measures include improvement in depression related outcomes as measured by the PHQ-9 and the Youth Self Report, adolescent satisfaction with care received as measured by the Youth Client Satisfaction Questionnaire, and a qualitative measure of pediatric primary care provider satisfaction.