Psychoeducational psychotherapy (PEP) for children with bipolar disorder: Two case studies

Jarrod M. Leffler, Mary A. Fristad, Nicole M. Klaus

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Treatments for children with bipolar disorder are limited. Psychosocial interventions are considered essential to improve overall functioning, but evidence-based treatments are scarce. We present results from 2 children treated with an expanded version of individual family psychoeducational psychotherapy (PEP; Fristad, 2006). Children's Global Assessment Scale scores and 3 of 4 mood scales improved after treatment. Parents and children reported improved family interactions. Parental attitudes toward treatment improved. Consumer evaluations indicated parents and children found the intervention length to be appropriate; benefits were noted in child and family functioning and interfacing with the child's school. Additional evaluation of PEP appears warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-286
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Family Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • bipolar disorder
  • children
  • psychoeducation
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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