Tele-Mental Health for Children: Using Videoconferencing for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Published:October 07, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2016.09.001
      Mental health disorders occur in 4% of children and 10 to 20% of adolescents and are linked with “depression, anxiety, risky behaviors, poor physical health, obesity, substance abuse and suicide” (
      • Garber J
      • Frankel SA
      • Herrington SG
      Developmental demands of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in children and adolescents: Cognitive, social, and emotional processes.
      ). Adolescents diagnosed with a depressive disorder have high rates of recurrence: 25% within one year, 40% within two years, and 70% within five years (
      • Mash E
      • Wolfe D
      Abnormal child psychology.
      ). It is imperative for mental health specialist to reach children with mental health disorders early in their development in an effort to decrease morbidity and mortality; however, access to mental health care, especially for children, is limited (
      • Lauckner C
      • Whitten P
      The state and sustainability of telepsychiatry programs.
      ).
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