Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for anxiety symptoms in older adults in residential care

Helmes, Edward, and Ward, Bradley G. (2017) Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for anxiety symptoms in older adults in residential care. Aging & Mental Health, 21 (3). pp. 272-278.

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Abstract

Objectives: Anxiety in older people is under-diagnosed and poorly treated despite significant impairments that arise from anxiety. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has been shown to be a promising treatment for anxiety. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of an MBCT program on anxiety symptoms in older people living in residential care.

Method: Fifty-two participants (34 females) were randomly allocated into therapy and control groups using a 2-3 mixed design. The average age of participants was 83 years.

Results: The group effect showed significant improvements on all measures at the end of the sevenweek program in the therapy group, while the control group did not show significant changes.

Conclusion: This study represents one of the first studies of the effectiveness of an MBCT program on anxiety symptoms for older people using a randomized controlled trial. The study has implications for future research that include the effectiveness of MBCT for the treatment of anxiety symptoms in older people, the utility of group therapy programs in residential care and the benefits of using specialized instruments for older populations.

Item ID: 50305
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1364-6915
Keywords: anxiety, cognitive-behavioral therapy, group treatment, randomized controlled trial, mindfulness
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 07:47
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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