Functional Family Therapy And NCS-A Case Study

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Everyone has days where they feel sad or upset. Usually those negative feelings subside after a short time. However if you have depression, it can alter aspects of your life. Of course, there are several types of depression. According to the online dictionary, depression means; “a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention”. Unfortunately there are some upsetting statistics when it comes to adolescent depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health States; “About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Girls are more likely than boys to experience depression. The risk for depression increases …show more content…
Thankfully over the years, many advances have been made to help combat those negative feelings of depression. Treatments of depression include; medication, psychotherapy, hospitalization and other treatment programs (Teen depression-Treatments", 2014. An individual with this disease has to find the right treatment for them because one treatment may be different for another person. In an article written by Rhodes et. al (2014), they discussed the benefits of three various ways of delivering two types of treatment which include; Functional Family Therapy and the adolescent coping with depression. They began this study in 2007 and had it until 2011. During the study had 170 participants that had a current diagnosis of depression, had a current substance abuse disorder, and were between 13 and 18 (Rohde, 2014). They then divided up the participants into the three sequences that they were studying and had certified interviewers to question the participants (Rohde, 2014). After their study had been concluded they found that the Functional Family therapy along with the adolescent coping had been the most effective sequence and had also concluded that the depressive symptoms had reduced early in treatments in all three sequences (Rohde, …show more content…
Among adolescents, delinquency has been found to be a strong risk factor for suicidal ideation and attempts (Thompson, Ho, & Kingree, 2007; Thompson, Kingree, & Ho, 2006). Some research has also examined the relationship between delinquency and suicidal behaviors among college students. Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Arata, Bowers, O’Brien, and Morgan (2004) reported delinquency and depression were predictive of suicidal behaviors among college students. Moreover, their results indicated that college students with a history of depression and suicidal behaviors (i.e., suicidal ideation and attempts) were continuing to engage in more delinquent acts than those students without a history of depression and suicidal behaviors. Barrios, Everett, Simon, and Brener (2000) found significant associations between suicidal ideation and delinquent behaviors among a college

student sample. More specifically, students who reported suicidal ideation were significantly more likely to report having carried a weapon or having been in a physical fight than students who did not report suicidal ideation. In an adult community sample, Verona, Sachs-Ericsson, and Joiner

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