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ERIC Number: EJ937744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression in Older Adults Delivered via Videoconferencing: A Pilot Study
Lazzari, Claudia; Egan, Sarah J.; Rees, Clare S.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v18 n4 p555-565 Nov 2011
Depression affects up to 25% of older adults. Underdetection and subsequent undertreatment of depression in older adults has been attributed in part to difficulties in older adults being able to access treatment. This uncontrolled pilot study, N = 3, explored the acceptability and efficacy of a brief behavioral activation treatment delivered via videoconferencing to 3 participants, aged 64 to 73 years, diagnosed with major depressive disorder. The results indicate that a 5-session behavioral activation treatment delivered via videoconferencing produced clinically significant and reliable decreases in depression. The results also showed clinically significant and reliable decreases in negative affect and clinically significant and reliable increases in positive affect. Treatment gains were maintained at 1-month follow-up. Videoconferencing can be a valuable and effective tool in increasing accessibility to psychological treatment for older adults. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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