Structured life review for the depressed institutionalised elderly in Hong Kong : an exploratory study

by Lau, Kit-yee

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT The present study is aimed at exploring the effectiveness of structured life review for the depressed institutionalized elderly in Hong Kong. The residents of a private home for the aged were screened for depression by using the Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form (GDSSF) Thirty-one subjects were located and randomly assigned to an experimental group or a control group However, in the final outcome, only twenty-four subjects participated in the study, with twelve in each group. Subjects were tested on three dependent variables: depression, life satisfaction, and self esteem operationalized by GDSSF, Life Satisfaction Index-A (LSI-A), and Self-Esteem Scale, at the beginning and the end of an eight-week period, as well as at one month follow-up. The experimental group received a treatment of life review process while the control group received a friendly visit Subjects in the experimental group significantly improved in all three variables compared to the subjects of the control group at the post treatment phase. At the time of follow-up, significant improvement was maintained for two variables: depression and life satisfaction measured by GDSSF and LSI-A respectively The results suggest that a structured life review can serve to improve the mental health of the depressed institutionalized elderly in Hong Kong
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:older people china hong kong depression in old age


Date of Publication:01/01/1994

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