As can be seen below, family therapy currently has the most research evidence for the treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.
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Child & Adolescent BPD
Sources: Fristad, M.A., Verducci, J.S., Walters, K., & Young, M.E. (2009). Impact of multifamily psychoeducational psychotherapy in treating children aged 8 to 12 years with mood disorders. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66 (9), 1013-1021.
Goldstein, T.R., Axelson, D.A., Birmaher, B., & Brent, D.A. (2007). Dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents with bipolar disorder: A 1-year open trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 (7), 820-830.
Miklowitz, D.J., Axelson, D.A., Birmaher, B., George, E.L., Taylor, D.W., Schneck, C.D., Beresford, C.A., Dickinson, L.M., Craighead, W.E., & Brent, D.A. (2008). Family-focused treatment for adolescents with bipolar disorder: Results of a 2-year randomized trial. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65 (9), 1053-1061.
West, A.E., Jacobs, R.H., Westerholm, R., Lee, A., Carbray, J., Heidenreich, J., & Pavuluri, M.N. (2009). Child and family-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: Pilot study of group treatment format. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 18 (3), 239-246.
Young, M.E. & Fristad, M.A. (2007). Evidence based treatments for bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 37, 157-164.