Lucas Broten

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Scott T. Gaynor

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the utility of a stepped behavioral model of care for teens that could be used in a school based setting. A sequence involving Non-Focused Treatment (NFT), Behavior Activation (BA), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the treatment of adolescent depression was employed. The study used a single subject design to evaluate potential treatment mediators during the course of treatment. To accomplish this requires documenting that the participant received the treatment, improved during the treatment, and demonstrated change on the mediator at a reasonably expected time during the treatment. The change on the mediator should also precede a significant change of the clinical improvement.

Data for four participants was presented. Three of the four participants that had demonstrated a positive response to treatment by the end of therapy with the other demonstrating a decrease in depressive symptomology that did not qualify as a treatment response. The results provided some initial data on this stepped model of behavioral treatment for depression.

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