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Aging Ment Health. 2014 May;18(4):463-70. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2013.856858. Epub 2013 Nov 14.

A program of positive intervention in the elderly: memories, gratitude and forgiveness.

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a Department of Psychology , University of Jaén , Jaén , Spain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The main goal of this study has been to increase the quality of life in people of over 60 years through a positive psychology intervention.

METHOD:

We employed a program which consists of training based on autobiographical memory, forgiveness and gratitude. The sample consisted of 46 participants aged 60-93 years. State and trait anxiety, depression, general memory, specific memories, life satisfaction and subjective happiness were measured.

RESULTS:

The results revealed that participants who followed the program (experimental group) showed a significant decrease in state anxiety and depression as well as an increase in specific memories, life satisfaction and subjective happiness, compared with the placebo group.

CONCLUSION:

Our program offers promising results and provides new evidence for the effectiveness of positive interventions in the field of psychogerontology, helping increase subjective well-being and quality of life in older adults by focusing interventions on the enhancement of personal and social resources for being happy.

PMID:
24229346
DOI:
10.1080/13607863.2013.856858
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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