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A qualitative study of young adults experience with a reminiscence-based therapy for depressive symptoms

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posted on 01.08.2019, 00:00 authored by David HallfordDavid Hallford, David MellorDavid Mellor, Manon Burgat
Reminiscence therapy is a novel psychosocial approach to treating depressive symptoms in young adults. We present the first qualitative inquiry into young adults’ experience of reminiscence-based therapy, aimed at exploring attitudes toward this approach and their view of processes underpinning positive change. Help-seeking young adults (mean age = 20.8, SD = 1.6) with at least moderate depressive symptoms were interviewed following a course of cognitive-reminiscence therapy. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The intervention was reported to be a positive experience that led to positive outcomes. Change was attributed to common therapy factors and specific factors of cognitive reframing, increasing awareness of a broader life story, learning from the past to feel more confident and able to cope, and strengthened self-worth and self-acceptance. These findings provide unique insight into young adults’ experience with reminiscence-based treatment for depressive symptoms and indicate it is generally acceptable, useful, and age-appropriate for them.

History

Journal

Emerging adulthood

Volume

7

Issue

4

Pagination

279 - 290

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

2167-6968

eISSN

2167-6984

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood and SAGE Publishing