Creative reminiscence as an early intervention for depression: Results of a pilot project

E. Bohlmeijer*, M. Valenkamp, G. Westerhof, F. Smit, P. Cuijpers

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Abstract

Reminiscence may help in resolving conflicts from the past and making up the balance of one's life. Life-review may be further enhanced by the creative expression of memories in stories, poems or drawings. In this way people are encouraged to create and discover metaphors, images and stories that symbolically represent the subjective and inner meaning of their lives. In this article, a new intervention, which combines reminiscence and creative expression aimed at early treatment of depression, is described. A pilot project showed that the intervention Searching for the meaning in life may generate small-sized effects in reducing depression. Additionally, it appears to generate effects of medium size in enhancing mastery. Several possible ways to improve the effectiveness of the intervention are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-304
Number of pages3
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

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