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Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Edited by John C. Markowitz, M.D.
Series Editors: John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., and Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-836-5
  • Item #8836

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy compiles the results of several recent research studies on this popular subject. Not only has interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) been found to be effective in treating acute major depression, but recent studies have led to the adaptation and testing of IPT for treating other diagnostic groups, including non-mood disorders.

With rising economic pressures, interpersonal psychotherapy has gained attention as a proven time-limited treatment. This reference provides an overview of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and discusses important developments in IPT research and clinical practice. It covers:

  • The results of recent research studies, typical phases of treatments and applications for patient populations, which have seen positive results for IPT

  • The concepts and techniques of IPT and its current status of IPT adaptation

  • Groundbreaking research using IPT in maintenance treatments of recurrent depression

  • The adaptation of IPT to treat depresses adolescents as well as bulimia patients

  • The use of IPT to treat depression associated with HIV-positive patients

  • The current and likely future roles of interpersonal psychotherapy in clinical practice

Complete with charted research results, this comprehensive resource provides invaluable information on recent developments in interpersonal psychotherapy.


  • Foreword. An overview of interpersonal psychotherapy. Interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescent depression. Maintenance interpersonal psychotherapy: a preventative treatment for depression. Interpersonal psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa. Interpersonal psychotherapy for the treatment of depression in HIV-positive men and women. Afterword. Index.

About the Authors

John C. Markowitz, M.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Psychotherapy Clinic at Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York.

This is an excellent, highly informative, and readable volume. It will be useful to clinicians who are experienced in the field as well as to novices who want to learn more about IPT and for whom the volume will be an introduction to the field. The book will appeal particularly to those clinicians interested in an evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental illness.—Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

[T]his is an excellent introduction to IPT for those with little or no knowledge of the field. For those already with an interest in psychological treatments, the book provides a welcome update of the potential range of conditions for treatment. I would recommend it for individual clinicians as a counter to the many pharmacological textbooks that are available, and I think it would be a useful addition to departmental libraries.—British Journal of Psychiatry

This timely, highly readable and clinically useful book. It is one of the very best reviews of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) that has been published. In an age of increasing accountability in psychotherapy, the authors have conveyed the exceptional efficacy and effectiveness of this time-limited psychotherapy in the treatment of acute and chronic disorders. The liberal use of clinical case descriptions allows the reader an opportunity to witness how skilled IPT practitioners conceptualize their therapeutic relationships and the techniques they employ in treating their patients.—Jerald Kay, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, Editor, Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, Dayton, Ohio

Markowitz and his colleagues have provided a very important service to both researchers and clinicians in their review of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). The increasing popularity and widespread application of IPT reflects both scientific advances and therapeutic successes. The authors provide a selected but highly relevant update on the efficacy of IPT and its successful transformation from research intervention into widespread clinical practice. Both short-term and long-term applications of IPT, as well as its extension across the entire life cycle, should lead to a better use of psychotherapeutic intervention as a viable alternative and in combination with psychopharmacologic intervention in many psychiatric conditions.—David J. Kupfer, M.D., Thomas Detre Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Director of Research, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

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