There is controversy about whether psychotherapies are effective in the treatment of subclinical depression, defined by clinically relevant depressive symptoms in the absence of a major depressive disorder.

The aim of the study is to examine whether psychotherapies are effective in reducing depressive symptoms, reduce the risk of developing major depressive disorder and have comparable effects to psychological treatment of major depression.

The study was conducted through a meta-analysis of 18 studies comparing a psychological treatment of subclinical depression with a control group.

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