Using the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders With Youth Exhibiting Anger and Irritability

Rebecca A. Grossman, Jill Ehrenreich-May

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Abstract

The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C and UP-A) are evidence-based treatment programs with cognitive-behavioral and third-wave behavior therapy elements, aimed at extinguishing distress to intense emotion states and reducing unhelpful action tendencies in such states among youth with emotional disorders. A growing body of literature demonstrates the high prevalence of problematic anger and irritability among youth with emotional disorders, yet evidence-based treatments to address anger and irritability are typically developed more exclusively for youth with externalizing disorders. Given this need, a clinical case example of the UP-C applied to a child with anger and irritability is presented. Application of transdiagnostic theory to both conventional anxiety concerns and to irritability concerns is discussed. We demonstrate the flexibility and utility of a transdiagnostic approach like the UP-A and UP-C for addressing concerns across a range of emotions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-201
Number of pages18
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • Unified Protocol
  • anger
  • child
  • irritability
  • transdiagnostic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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