An initial waitlist-controlled trial of the unified protocol for the treatment of emotional disorders in adolescents

Jill Ehrenreich-May, David Rosenfield, Alexander H. Queen, Sarah M. Kennedy, Cara S. Remmes, David H. Barlow

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Abstract

A substantial proportion of adolescents are non-responders to well-established treatments for anxiety and depression, and many existent approaches do not adequately address comorbidity. There is a need to develop and evaluate unified treatments for adolescents that flexibly address higher order factors shared among internalizing or emotional disorders. The Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Adolescents (UP-A) is a transdiagnostic treatment that targets shared vulnerability and maintenance factors in a flexible format. This study examined initial outcomes of a randomized, waitlist-controlled trial of the UP-A. The UP-A outperformed waitlist at mid-treatment with respect to disorder severity and functional impairment, and there was a significant treatment effect in favor of the UP-A on all outcome measures at post-treatment. Within-subjects analyses collapsing across participants revealed significant improvements on outcome measures over time. Results support further study of the UP-A and its potential efficacy in treating adolescent anxiety and depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume46
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • CBT
  • Depression
  • Transdiagnostic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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