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Depression in Children

I am doing an investigation about depression in children.
These are the two articles that I chose:

1. Depression in children and adolescents, retrieved from:

2. Depression in children and adolescents: Nature, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment.

- Review the articles and analyze the validity of the author's arguments and/or biases.
- Explain how academic knowledge impacts the social elements and institutions of both local and global communities.
- Assess how the principles of active citizenship could impact the contemporary issue during the next five to ten years.


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Depression in children is predicated upon varying factors that could include home life, their environment, preexisting mental conditions, bullying, or substance abuse to name a few. Regardless of the nature of depression in a child the key to successfully eradicating its prevalence in this population is prevention. Some of the most reviewed programs within the literature are cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches. These programs have been found to be helpful in treating depression in children, and the article focuses on these and family-based prevention strategies. The article highlighted successful approaches to prevention programs such as assessment of fidelity, evidence-based treatment programs that are structured and outlined in manuals involving careful training of personnel, and the effective implementation of protocols (Gladstone et al. 2009).

In reference to assessment it was found to be necessary for the program to assess fidelity to the intervention protocols. Interventions that enhance family environment, attend to non-specific risk factors for the disorder, and focus on disseminating previous research in the literature were found to have positive results in the article. Therefore, cognitive-behavioral and (or) interpersonal psychotherapy to treat depression is a viable option according to the article. The author's arguments are valid and backed up by legitimate research and data provided throughout the study (Gladstone et al. 2009).

Here is the abstract from the article by Vogel:

"This scholarly journal article focuses on current successful practices in managing serious depression in children and adolescents. The nature of depression in this population is persistent changes in the moods of these children and adolescents with an deterioration in their functioning. Through assessment, diagnosis, ...

Solution Summary

Depression in children investigations are examined. Nature, diagnosis, assessment and treatment for depression is determined.