Psychosocial Functioning in Prepubertal Major Depressive Disorders. II. Interpersonal Relationships After Sustained Recovery From Affective Episode

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985 May;42(5):511-7. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790280093010.


Psychosocial relationships with parents, peers, and siblings, as well as school functioning, were measured at two points in time by parental interview in 21 prepubertal children: during an episode of major depression and after they had sustained an affective recovery from the index episode for at least four months. School functioning was completely normalized, but deficits in the child's intrafamilial and extra-familial relationships had improved only partially. The pattern of improvement was merely quantitative. Moderate deficits during the depressive episode reached, after affective recovery, the level of the normal control group. In contrast, severe deficits only improved to a moderate level of severity. It is suggested that treating the affective disorder is not sufficient in many children with major depression and that efficacy studies of psychotherapeutic interventions in affectively recovered children are needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Neurotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Neurotic Disorders / psychology
  • Neurotic Disorders / therapy
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parents / psychology
  • Peer Group
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy / standards
  • Research Design
  • Sibling Relations
  • Social Adjustment