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A music therapy strategy for depressed older adults in the community

Journal/Book: Journal of Applied Gerontology. 1990; 9: 283-298.

Abstract: Developed a music therapy strategy for depressed older adults that involved 8 music-listening programs facilitated by a music therapist for use in the home environment. Body relaxation, imagery, stimulation, and sleep enhancement were included along with music included to cue relaxation and positive thinking. Four Ss (aged 65-74 yrs) with major or minor depressive disorder were administered the Brief Symptom Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory, a geriatric depression scale, and a self-esteem inventory before and after participating in music therapy. Ss responded differently to imagery vs body relaxation, but all Ss demonstrated gains on the above measures over 8 wks. The music therapy, stress-reduction strategy showed potential as a low-cost, home-based treatment for depressed elders.

Note: music therapy strategy in home environment; depressed 65 74 yr olds

Keyword(s): Music therapy; major depression; depression emotion; home environment; aged ; adulthood


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