Child‐ and family‐focused cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: Applications for suicide prevention


Sally M Weinstein, Rick A Cruz, Ashley R Isaia, Amy T Peters, Amy E West.


Despite high rates of suicide ideation (SI) and behavior in youth with pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD), little work has examined how psychosocial interventions impact suicidality among this high‐risk group. The current study examined SI outcomes in a randomized clinical trial comparing Child‐ and Family‐Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CFF‐CBT) for PBD versus psychotherapy treatment‐as‐usual (TAU). Although not designed for suicide prevention, CFF‐CBT addresses child and family factors related to suicide risk and thus was hypothesized to generalize to the treatment of suicidality. Participants included 71 youth aged 7–13 years (M = 9.17

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