Year: 1999 Source: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v.4, no.4, (1999), p.593-596 SIEC No: 20050195

After providing a brief overview of cognitive-behaviour therapy & its current use in treating suicidal adolescents, the author focuses on 2 important issues regarding its theoretical rationale & research: (1) the justification for limiting the therapeutic focus for depressed & suicidal youngsters to problem-solving deficiencies; & (2) the justification for the extremely short-term interventions for such youngsters. He concludes that there is a theoretical incompatibility between the knowledge about the complexity of depression & suicidal behaviour, & the therapeutic processes of such very short-term cognitive interventions. (25 refs)