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A BRIEF COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY GROUP FOR THE ELDERLY - WHO BENEFITS

LEUNG, SNM; ORRELL, MW; (1993) A BRIEF COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY GROUP FOR THE ELDERLY - WHO BENEFITS. INT J GERIATR PSYCH , 8 (7) 593 - 598.

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Abstract

This study looks at the efficacy of brief focused cognitive-behavioural group intervention in the treatment of mood disorders in older adults in different diagnostic groups. At 1-year follow-up, out of a total of 27 patients, 70% required no input from the mental health services and also reported that they were 'recovered' and functioning well. When separated into two groups according to the diagnoses on DSM-III-R, 92% of the major depressive episode (MDE) group in contrast to 50% of the other disorders group were discharged and functioning well. This suggests that selection of patients using the DSM-III-R diagnostic method has helped to identify which depressed elderly people benefit most. A tentative link between personality difficulties is proposed as a possible obstacle to therapy.

Type:Article
Title:A BRIEF COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY GROUP FOR THE ELDERLY - WHO BENEFITS
Keywords:COGNITIVE THERAPY, GROUP THERAPY, DEPRESSION, ELDERLY, DSM-III-R, GERIATRIC DEPRESSION, PREVALENCE RATES, PHARMACOTHERAPY, AGE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry

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