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Reminiscence-based therapies for depression: should they be used only with older adults?

Hallford, David J and Mellor, David 2013, Reminiscence-based therapies for depression: should they be used only with older adults?, Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 452-468, doi: 10.1111/cpsp.12043.

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Title Reminiscence-based therapies for depression: should they be used only with older adults?
Author(s) Hallford, David JORCID iD for Hallford, David J
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Clinical Psychology Science and Practice
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 452
End page 468
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 0969-5893
Keyword(s) autobiographical memory
lifespan processes
older adults
reminiscence- based therapy
Summary Reminiscence-based therapies have been reliably evidenced to be an effective intervention for depression. However, to date, their use has been restricted primarily to older adults. This article reviews empirical findings related to the various functions of reminiscence and their correlates with mental health. Reminiscence-based interventions and their effectiveness are then reviewed, with a particular focus on recent evaluations of structured reminiscence-based therapies that utilize preexisting therapeutic frameworks for the treatment for depression. The exclusive use of reminiscence-based therapies with older adult populations is then challenged, and it is argued that these approaches may be useful for reducing depression symptomatology for young and middle-aged adults also. Considerations for the use of reminiscence-based therapies in these populations are discussed, and future directions for research are presented.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/cpsp.12043
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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