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Behavioral Intervention

Enhanced CBT for Depression

Research Sponsored by Vanderbilt University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be younger than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up after 12 weeks
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Study Summary

This trial will test an intervention to improve social cognitive skills in depressed youth, with the goal of making treatment more efficient and effective.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for young people aged 13-17 who are currently dealing with depression. They must have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder or score over 15 on the PHQ9 questionnaire. It's not open to those at immediate risk of suicide, below a 4th-grade reading level, struggling with severe substance abuse, or previously diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, autism, or conduct disorder.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study compares two methods: standard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and CBT enhanced with Social Cognitive Training (CBTSCT), which focuses on improving social understanding like perspective-taking. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of these treatments to see which is more effective in treating depression symptoms and social cognition.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial involves therapy sessions rather than medication, there aren't typical side effects like you'd expect from drugs. However, discussing sensitive topics during therapy can sometimes cause discomfort or emotional distress.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~after 12 weeks
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and after 12 weeks for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Children's Depression Rating Scale-Revised
Faux Pas Recognition Test

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Cognitive behavioral therapy plus social cognitive training (CBTSCT)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
The cognitive behavioral therapy is based on Beck's cognitive therapy model for the treatment of depression. We will conduct individual therapy with depressed adolescents using modules from the Coping with Stress manual used in other depression treatment studies with adolescents. In addition, therapists will teach teens explicitly about theory of mind and social perspective taking during each session and will use examples from the teen's own life to help them learn the skills.
Group II: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)Active Control1 Intervention
The cognitive behavioral therapy is based on Beck's cognitive therapy model for the treatment of depression. Therapists will conduct individual therapy sessions with depressed adolescents using modules from the Coping with Stress manual. Social cognitive training will not be provided to teens in this condition.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Vanderbilt UniversityLead Sponsor
704 Previous Clinical Trials
6,143,307 Total Patients Enrolled
29 Trials studying Depression
6,184 Patients Enrolled for Depression
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)NIH
2,785 Previous Clinical Trials
2,689,674 Total Patients Enrolled
666 Trials studying Depression
251,502 Patients Enrolled for Depression

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Depression Research Study Groups: Cognitive behavioral therapy plus social cognitive training (CBTSCT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

How many volunteers can take part in this research endeavor?

"Affirmative, the information on clinicaltrials.gov reveals that this trial is currently enrolling participants. It was initially posted on October 10th 2022 and most recently updated on 19th of the same month. The total number of patients required for participation stands at 82 across one site."

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Does this research endeavor include participants over the age of fifty?

"As indicated by the requirements of this trial, only adolescents between 13 and 17 years old are allowed to take part."

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Do I meet the requirements to take part in this clinical trial?

"The trial is actively searching for 82 adolescents with depressive symptoms to participate in the experiment. The minimum age requirement is 13 and those aged 17 are excluded from applying. Those interested must be diagnosed clinically or by a PHQ9 score of at least 15."

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Are there still opportunities to partake in this research endeavor?

"Affirmative. Data available on clinicaltrials.gov confirms that the recruitment process for this medical study, which was originally published on October 10th 2022, is still ongoing. 82 participants are needed from 1 particular healthcare centre."

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~42 spots leftby Dec 2025