Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, Myrna M. Weissman

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Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy developed for depression, but modified for other conditions. It is based on the principle that regardless of the underlying cause of depression, the onset of symptoms is triggered by an interpersonal disruption. The goal of IPT is to decrease depressive symptoms by understanding and managing the interpersonal context in which they developed. IPT's efficacy has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials, leading to modifications of the treatment for different settings and populations. This chapter provides an overview of IPT, including its theoretical and empirical basis, course of treatment, and research evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780470471609
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012


  • Depression
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Treatment


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