Depression | A Family Depression Prevention Program

Depression research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The primary aim is to prevent depression in youth and parents in a single, integrated family intervention. Hypothesis 1a: Children in the Family Depression Prevention (FDP) program will have significantly fewer onsets of depressive episodes and lower levels of anxious/depressive symptoms as compared to children in the Written Information (WI) condition. Hypothesis 1b: In parents, the amount of time in a depressive episode will be significantly lower for those in the FDP program as compared to those in the WI condition.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Parent with a current or history of a depressive disorder within child's life - Children ages 9.0 to 15.6 years old Exclusion Criteria: - Bipolar I (parent or child) - Schizophrenia (parent or child) - Current alcohol or drug abuse (parent or child) - Conduct disorder; developmental disability (child) - Current diagnosis of a depressive disorder (child)

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Family Cognitive Behavioral PreventionParent training and cognitive behavioral intervention with parents. Coping skills training with children.

Behavioral:Written informationReading materials about depression

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Family Cognitive Behavioral PreventionA family cognitive behavioral program for parents and children. Parents learn parenting skills and cognitive behavioral techniques for managing depression. Children learn coping skills.

Written InformationFamilies receive written materials about depression and the effects of parental depression on children.

Study Status


Start Date: December 2014

Completed Date: December 2021

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: In children, the primary outcome is onset of a depressive episode. In parents, the primary outcome is time in a depressive episode.

Secondary Outcome: Parents: Patient Health Questionnaire - 9 (PHQ-9)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Judy Garber, PhD

Lead Sponsor: Vanderbilt University

Collaborator: San Diego State University

More information:

Compas BE, Forehand R, Keller G, Champion JE, Rakow A, Reeslund KL, McKee L, Fear JM, Colletti CJ, Hardcastle E, Merchant MJ, Roberts L, Potts J, Garai E, Coffelt N, Roland E, Sterba SK, Cole DA. Randomized controlled trial of a family cognitive-behavioral preventive intervention for children of depressed parents. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2009 Dec;77(6):1007-20. doi: 10.1037/a0016930.

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