The effects of reminiscence therapy on psychological well-being, depression, and loneliness among the institutionalized aged

Kai Jo Chiang, Hsin Chu, Hsiu Ju Chang, Min Huey Chung, Chung Hua Chen, Hung Yi Chiou, Kuei Ru Chou

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the effects of reminiscence therapy on psychological well-being, depression, and loneliness among institutionalized elderly people. Methods: In an experimental study design, 92 institutionalized elderly people aged 65 years and over were recruited and randomly assigned to two groups. Those participants in the experimental group received reminiscence therapy eight times during 2 months to examine the effects of this therapy on their psychological well-being. Results: After providing the reminiscence therapy to the elderly in the experimental group, a significant positive short-term effect (3 months follow-up) on depression, psychological well-being, and loneliness, as compared to those in the comparison group was found. Conclusions: Reminiscence therapy in this study sample improved socialization, induced feelings of accomplishment in participants, and assisted to ameliorate depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-388
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Elderly
  • Loneliness
  • Psychological well-being
  • Reminiscence therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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