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Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Jul-Aug;66(4):438-46. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.004291.

Effect of life review writing on depressive symptoms in older adults: a randomized controlled trial.

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Department of Occupational Therapy, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, 26 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155, USA. tracy.chippendale@tufts.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined the effects of engaging in the occupation-based intervention of life review through writing on expressed depressive symptoms as measured with the Geriatric Depression Scale in older adults residing in senior residences.

METHOD:

The study design was a randomized controlled trial that took place in four senior residences in New York City. Forty-five participants (23 treatment, 22 wait-list control) ≥ 65 yr old participated in the 8-wk, once-weekly autobiographical writing workshop, Share Your Life Story (Sierpina, 2002).

RESULTS:

Depressive symptoms were significantly less prevalent for the treatment group than for the control group after the 8-wk life review program (repeated-measures analysis of variance p = .03).

CONCLUSION:

The results suggest that the Share Your Life Story writing workshop is an effective occupation-based intervention for occupational therapists to use with older adults who reside in senior residences.

PMID:
22742692
DOI:
10.5014/ajot.2012.004291
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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