William R. Beardslee

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BACKGROUND Adolescent offspring of depressed parents are at high risk for development of depression. Cognitive restructuring therapy holds promise for preventing progression to depressive episodes. METHODS A randomized, controlled trial was conducted to prevent depressive episodes in at-risk offspring (aged 13-18 years) of adults treated for depression in(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors assessed lifetime psychopathology in a general population sample and compared the rates of five psychiatric disorder categories between those who reported a childhood history of either physical or sexual abuse and those who did not. METHOD A modified version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview and a self-completed(More)
CONTEXT Although child maltreatment is considered common, few community surveys have examined the prevalence of more than 1 type of maltreatment among both males and females. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of a history of physical and sexual abuse during childhood among the general population. DESIGN General population survey. SETTING Household(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the literature investigating the effects of parental affective illness on children over the past decade. METHOD A computerized search of articles published over the past 10 years was completed. Articles were reviewed and relevant studies are presented. RESULTS Over the course of the past 10 years a number of longitudinal studies have(More)
CONTEXT Adolescent offspring of depressed parents are at markedly increased risk of developing depressive disorders. Although some smaller targeted prevention trials have found that depression risk can be reduced, these results have yet to be replicated and extended to large-scale, at-risk populations in different settings. OBJECTIVE To determine the(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression in parents is a prevalent and impairing illness that is encountered frequently in medical practice. Children of depressed parents are at risk for psychopathology and other difficulties. A series of recent national reports have recommended the development of prevention efforts targeting children of depressed parents. Yet, to date, few(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescents are the population at highest risk for acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Previous research has suggested that mental health problems, including depression and low self-esteem, may play an important role in the development and maintenance of sexual risk behaviors. METHODS National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health(More)
Expressed emotion (EE) refers to a set of emotional aspects of speech for which ratings have been derived. Seven independent studies have established that higher EE ratings in the relatives of patients with schizophrenia predict higher rates of relapse in these patients and two studies have established an association of higher EE in spouses with relapse of(More)
As part of a larger investigation of very low income families, this study examined the characteristics that differentiated resilient from nonresilient school-age youths, with a focus on self-regulation (e.g., executive function, emotion regulation) skills. Resilience was operationally defined in a robust and comprehensive manner using well-established(More)
OBJECTIVE Given the growing number of military service members with families and the multiple combat deployments characterizing current war time duties, the impact of deployments on military children requires clarification. Behavioral and emotional adjustment problems were examined in children (aged 6 through 12) of an active duty Army or Marine Corps(More)