S.O.S. (Systems of Support)

Study Detail

Depression in kids

Childhood depression hurts!  Depression can make it difficult for children to achieve their personal and academic potential, and can make it challenging to have fulfilling relationships with others.  Once children become depressed, they often continue to struggle with depression throughout childhood, and later on into adulthood.  The good news is, childhood depression is treatable!

The S.O.S. program

S.O.S. (Systems of Support) is a research study testing two therapeutic approaches based on other treatments that have shown some success in prior studies for children with depression. With your help, we hope to learn more about the best treatments for children suffering with depression.  Eligible children will participate in one of two therapeutic programs designed to treat childhood depression.  One program focuses on individual treatment in which the child will work one-on-one with a therapist.  The goal is to provide emotional support and to encourage healthy behavior and coping.  The other treatment program focuses on working with the family to help the child and parents work together to solve problems.  The goal is to strengthen the child’s coping and teach the family how best to encourage their child’s healthy behavior.

The S.O.S. Program is for children who:

  • Are between the ages of 7 and 13 years old
  • Are exhibiting signs and symptoms of depression
  • Have a parent willing to participate in evaluation and treatment

What we offer:

  • A brief treatment for children focused on improving the child’s ability to cope with distress and increase positive mood
  • Payment for completing 3 interviews

Do you know a child who:

  • Seems more irritable than usual?
  • Frequently complains of aches and pains?
  • Has withdrawn from friends and/or family?
  • Appears sad or down?
  • Has lost pleasure in typically fun activities?
  • Feels hopeless?

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, please call us!

S.O.S. program: 310-794-4962



Review and Approval
Renewal Date: 
2010, June 23