A self-help behavioral activation treatment for geriatric depressive symptoms

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dc.contributor Black, Sheila R.
dc.contributor Crowther, Martha R.
dc.contributor Dunkin, Jeri
dc.contributor Ward, Thomas B.
dc.contributor.advisor Scogin, Forrest Ray
dc.contributor.author Moss, Kathryn Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:22:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:22:21Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000157
dc.identifier.other Moss_alatus_0004D_10187
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/663
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The present study investigated behavioral activation (BA)bibliotherapy as a treatment for late-life depressive symptoms. BA bibliotherapy was administered using Addis and Martell's (2004) Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time as a stand-alone treatment that was completed by participants over a 4-week period. Results of an immediate intervention group were compared with those of a delayed treatment control group and treatment response for both groups was evaluated at 1-month follow-up. Results showed that symptoms on a clinician-rated measure of depression were significantly lower at post-treatment for those who received immediate BA bibliotherapy compared with those who were in the delayed treatment control condition. However, differences between groups at this period on a self-reported measure of depressive symptoms were not significant. Within-subjects analyses examining both treatment groups combined showed that clinician-rated depressive symptoms significantly decreased from pre-treatment to both post-treatment and 1-month follow-up. Self-reported depressive symptoms were significantly lower, and self-reported engagement in pleasant events was significantly higher, from pre-treatment to 1-month follow-up. These findings suggest that BA may be useful in treating mild or subthreshold depressive symptoms in an older adult population.
dc.format.extent 94 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology, Clinical
dc.title A self-help behavioral activation treatment for geriatric depressive symptoms
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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