An exploratory study of group mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for older people with depression

Meeten, Frances, Whiting, Susan and Williams, Caroline M (2015) An exploratory study of group mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for older people with depression. Mindfulness, 6 (3). pp. 467-474. ISSN 1868-8527

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Abstract

The benefits of a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group for older people with recurrent and/or chronic depression were explored using a measure of mood (DASS-21) and well-being (Ryff Psychological Well-being Inventory). Thirteen participants started the study and outcome measures were recorded at baseline, post-MBCT group and at a 6-month follow-up. Although there was only a small sample size that had complete pre and post-group data (n = 9), improvements in depression and anxiety severity were noted and there was a significant improvement on ‘purpose in life’ and marginally significant improvement of ‘personal growth’, two of six domains on a measure of well-being. Participants were satisfied with the structure of the course but were less confident about committing to the daily practice after the group than pre-group. At 6 months follow-up, none of the group had relapsed into a major depressive episode. Further research with larger sample sizes and a control group to control for nonspecific therapeutic group factors is recommended.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Fran Meeten
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 14:49
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2016 08:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47409
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