Internet-based therapies for child and adolescent emotional and behavioural problems

Spence, Susan H. and March, Sonja and Vigerland, Sarah and Serlachius, Eva (2016) Internet-based therapies for child and adolescent emotional and behavioural problems. In: Guided internet-based treatments in psychiatry. Springer, Switzerland, pp. 197-217. ISBN 978-3-319-06082-8


This chapter discusses the development and evaluation of Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) in the
treatment of emotional and behavior disorders in children and adolescents. Although most evaluations of ICBT to date
have focused on adults, the literature regarding its use with young people is rapidly expanding. Results thus far have been strongly encouraging, with many studies showing positive outcomes in terms of reduction in symptoms
associated with a broad range of psychological disorders and in enhancing emotional well-being and psychosocial
functioning. However, the research is still in its early stages and it is difficult to draw firm conclusions regarding the effectiveness of ICBT with young people. The wide variation in the way that ICBT is used also makes it hard to identify the most effective formats for treatment delivery, particularly in terms of level of therapist involvement, parent participation, group online interactivity, and type of Internet material. Despite these reservations, the evidence to date provides a strong case for continued research into the development and evaluation of ICBT approaches with young people in order to determine the most effective approaches. What is clear, however, is that young people find ICBT a very appropriate method of intervention. Nevertheless, one of the big challenges is to find methods of enhancing client engagement, motivation, and compliance with the therapy content.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 05:38
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2017 23:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, adolescents, cognitive behavior therapy, CBT, internet, online, anxiety, depression, conduct disorder
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06083-5_11

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