Depression | Study of Web- Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depressed Korean Adolescents

Depression research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to develope web-based cognitive behavioral therapy for Korean adoldescents who have a mild depression. And we will investigate whether web-based cognitive behavioral therapy is more effective than supportive psychotherapy for treating depressed adolescents. Our hypothesis is web- based cognitive behavioral is more effective than supportive psychotherapy

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Clinical diagnosis of major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder and depressive disorder NOS - participants and their parents both agree informed consents Exclusion Criteria: - participants have psychotic symptoms, developmental disorders, - participants are diagnosed by bipolar disorder - participants are current high risk of suicide - participants have psychiatric and physical symptoms need urgent medicine treatment - participants have a history of sexual abuse - participants have cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal psychotherapy within 3 months - participants have a history of brain injury or a neurological disorder such as seizure disorder, or severe physical disorder

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


Mental Disorder in Adolescence

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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:web-based CBTA cognitive behavioral program in 8 weeks that will provide participants with the following: online interactive tools to do their homeworks and guidance on using cognitive and behavioral strategies to help reduce depressive symptoms, information about the depressive symptoms and cognitive behavioral therapy

Behavioral:supportive caresupportive care group will receive supportive care for treating depression by e-mail per a week for 8 weeks with the following: psychoeducation about depression, stigma of mental illness, distraction technique, emotional regulation, active scheduling.

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.

web-based CBTWeb-based CBT group : The intervention is made up of 8 internet modules based on behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy

supportive caresupportive care group will receive supportive care for treating depression by e-mail per a week for 8 weeks

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: January 2014

Completed Date: May 2015

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: The Center for Epidemiological Studies of Depression (CES-D) Scale

Secondary Outcome: Acceptability and adherence of Web-based cognitive behavioral treatment program for adolescents with depression

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Hyun-ju hong, MD PHD

Lead Sponsor: Hallym University Medical Center


More information:

Angold A, Messer SC, Stangl D, Farmer EM, Costello EJ, Burns BJ. Perceived parental burden and service use for child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Am J Public Health. 1998 Jan;88(1):75-80.

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