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An exploration of social interest therapy as a treatment for depression in the elderly
by Ionedes, Nancy Joanna, Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 181; 3290977
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological study aimed to explore the use of Adlerian social interest therapy as a form of treatment for depression among the elderly. Social interest therapy is based on the theoretical concepts of Adlerian theory which contends that social isolation from family, friends, and the community can contribute to feelings of depression. Depression is an expanding problem in the elderly and more appropriate methods of treatment are needed. A purposeful sample of nine elderly depressed participants were interviewed to capture their perceptions, feelings, and reactions to attending social interest therapy. The purpose of conducting this research study was to discover what meaning elderly clients perceived by attending social interest therapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Browender, Sue
Commitee: Bishop, Michael, Johnson, Kit, Schooley, AnnaLynn
School: Capella University
Department: School of Human Services
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 68/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Gerontology, Psychotherapy
Keywords: Adler, Adler, Alfred, Adlerian therapy, Alfred Adler, Depression, Elderly, Geriatric, Social interest
Publication Number: 3290977
ISBN: 978-0-549-35158-0
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