Effectiveness of a Guided Self-Help Life-Review Course for Older People with Depressive Symptoms

S. Lamers, G.J. Westerhof, J. Korte, E.T. Bohlmeijer

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Although there is substantial evidence for the effectiveness of life-review as an early treatment of depression in later life, most trials evaluated group interventions. Therefore, this presentation focuses on a large randomized controlled trial (N=174) that evaluated life-review therapy as a self-help intervention with e-mail counseling. The guided selfhelp intervention was compared with care-as-usual and a minimal intervention including expressive writing. Effects were examined directly, three months, and nine months after the intervention. Results showed that the intervention alleviates depressive symptoms and is effective in strengthening positive mental health. These effects remained three months and nine months after the intervention. Besides, moderator analyses showed that the intervention is broadly applicable. These results indicate that life-review therapy can also be successfully implemented
as a guided self-help intervention. The next step will be to evaluate whether a self-help life-review intervention can be implemented successfully as online intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-539
Number of pages1
JournalThe Gerontologist
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2013
Event66th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America 2013: Optimal Aging Through Research - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 20 Nov 201324 Nov 2013
Conference number: 66


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