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

Tracy Chippendale, Jane Bear-Lehman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-446
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Autobiography
  • Depression
  • Treatment outcome
  • Writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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