Youth with infammatory bowel disease (IBD) often experience psychological difculties, such as anxiety and depression. This randomized controlled study tested whether a 3-month disease-specifc cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in addition to standard medical care versus standard medical care only was efective in improving these youth’s psychological outcomes. As this study was aimed at prevention, we included 70 youth (10–25 years) with IBD and symptoms of subclinical anxiety and/ or depression, and measured psychological outcomes at 6- and 12-month follow-up. In general, participants in both groups showed improvements in anxiety, depression, health-related quality of life, social functioning, coping, and illness perceptions, sustained until 12 months follow-up. Overall, we found no diferences between those receiving additional CBT and those receiving standard medical care only. We assume that this can be explained by the perceived low burden (both somatically and psychologically) or heightened awareness of psychological difculties and IBD.,
Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Department of Pediatrics

Stapersma, L., van den Brink, G., van den Ende, J., Szigethy, E., Groeneweg, M., de Bruijne, F.H., … Utens, E. (2020). Psychological Outcomes of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Results of the HAPPY-IBD Randomized Controlled Trial at 6-and 12-Month Follow-Up. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 27(3), 490–506. doi:10.1007/s10880-019-09649-9