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Behavioral activation as a treatment for geriatric depression

Author(s): Yon A, Scogin F


By encouraging older adults to become more active, behavioral activation (BA) may help reduce depressive symptoms brought on by activity restriction. The purpose of this study was to determine, through a multiple-baseline design, whether BA could be successfully applied to older adults with depression. Nine depressed older adults (M = 75 years of age) underwent a course of in-home BA therapy (mean number of sessions = 14.7). Overall, participants' Geriatric Depression Scale and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression scores decreased from pre- to post-treatment, and 71% of participants no longer met criteria for a depressive disorder. Behavioral activation shows promise as a treatment for geriatric depression.

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