The effects of reminiscence on psychological well-being in older adults: A meta-analysis

Ernst Bohlmeijer*, Marte Roemer, Pim Cuijpers, Filip Smit

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

214 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a meta-analysis to assess the effectiveness of reminiscence on psychological well-being across different target groups and treatment modalities. Fifteen controlled outcome studies were included. An overall effect size of 0.54 was found, indicating a moderate influence of reminiscence on life-satisfaction and emotional well-being in older adults. Life-review was found to have significantly greater effect on psychological well-being than simple reminiscence. In addition, reminiscence had significantly greater effect on community-dwelling adults than adults living in nursing homes or residential care. Other characteristics of participants or interventions were not found to moderate effects. It is concluded that reminiscence in general, but especially life review, are potentially effective methods for the enhancement of psychological well-being in older adults. However, a replication of effectiveness studies of the well-defined protocols is now warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages10
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The effects of reminiscence on psychological well-being in older adults: A meta-analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this