Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy With Older Adults: An Exploratory Study

Mariko A. Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, Janet Kavanagh, Elizabeth Robinson, Helen C. Kales

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Abstract

An 8-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) group for older adults with depression and/or anxiety is described. This article is based on an exploratory study of this therapeutic approach and changes in participants' symptoms associated with participation. Pre-post data from 5 MBCT groups showed significant improvements in reported anxiety, ruminative thoughts, and sleep problems and a reduction in depressive symptoms. Case examples are presented to illustrate these symptom changes. Findings showed that this nonpharmacological intervention is acceptable to older adults and is associated with positive changes. Suggestions are provided for both practitioners and researchers interested in using MBCT with older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-520
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • group therapy
  • mindfulness

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy With Older Adults : An Exploratory Study. / Foulk, Mariko A.; Ingersoll-Dayton, Berit; Kavanagh, Janet; Robinson, Elizabeth; Kales, Helen C.

In: Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Vol. 57, No. 5, 07.2014, p. 498-520.

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Foulk, Mariko A. ; Ingersoll-Dayton, Berit ; Kavanagh, Janet ; Robinson, Elizabeth ; Kales, Helen C. / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy With Older Adults : An Exploratory Study. In: Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 2014 ; Vol. 57, No. 5. pp. 498-520.
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