Treatment of Psychosocial Risk Factors in Depression

This week's review identifies psychosocial risks for clinical depression, presenting various treatment options and relevant case studies.

Treatment of Psychosocial Risk Factors in Depression

ed. by David J. A. Dozois and Keith S. Dobson American Psychological Association, 2023
460p bibl index, 9781433834066 $89.99, 9781433834059

Treatment of Psychosocial Risk Factors in Depression book cover.

Editors Dozois (Univ. of Western Ontario) and Dobson (Univ. of Calgary), both psychology professors, begin their jointly authored introduction to the volume with a summary statement: “Clinical depression is the single most common mental disorder globally with an annual prevalence rate estimated to be between 7% and 20% depending on the methodology used and the specific country or group . . . under consideration” (p. 1). The book presents a comprehensive assessment of current knowledge and therapeutic practice across all therapeutic professions, elucidated through 15 contributed chapters coauthored by 34 other professionals. Each chapter provides an analysis of one specific risk factor, including descriptions of pertinent research and related clinical practice, and one brief case history description of a client who received treatment within the given framework. This exceptionally important book successfully incorporates all published knowledge currently available to the scientific community. Given the breadth of coverage, this should be considered a definitive statement about the treatment of psychosocial risk factors in the context of clinical depression. The text is compulsory reading for all professionals in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and counseling and for academic faculty teaching in those disciplines. Chapters are separately referenced, and a single index covers topics and authors mentioned.

Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
: D. Sydiaha, emeritus, University of Saskatchewan
Subject: Social & Behavioral Sciences – Psychology
Choice Issue: Dec 2023

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