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

journal contribution
posted on 01.12.2013, 00:00 authored by David HallfordDavid Hallford, David MellorDavid Mellor
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.

History

Journal

Clinical Psychology Science and Practice

Volume

20

Issue

4

Pagination

452 - 468

Publisher

Wiley - Blackwell

Location

Chichester, England

ISSN

0969-5893

eISSN

1468-2850

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing