Treatment of Depressive Symptoms in Older Individuals in Isolation During Covid-19 : Behavioral Activation and Mental Imagery Delivered Via Telephone for the Treatment of Depressive Symptoms in Older Individuals in Isolation During Covid-19: A Randomized Clinical Trial

This research study is designed to investigate the effects of a brief psychological intervention for improving depressed mood in older individuals (65 years and older) in isolation during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The treatment is delivered by telephone and consists of four weekly individual sessions. Two therapeutic methods are used in combination during this intervention: Behavioral activation (BA) and Mental Imagery (MI). BA involves identifying and scheduling enjoyable and meaningful activities to improve mood and reduce social isolation. To enhance BA efficacy and adherence, MI is paired with BA as MI is known to activate emotion and motivation. The MI intervention in this study involves having participants imagine, in vivid sensory detail, engaging in some of the activities that are scheduled during BA. Approximately 154 individuals will participate in the study. Half of the participants will be randomised to start the intervention immediately, while the other half of the participants will be randomized to a control group receiving the intervention after 4 weeks. This procedure makes it possible to evaluate the effects of the treatment while not disadvantaging participants randomized to the control group. Participants will be asked to fill in questionnaires before, during (at the end of each intervention week), and after treatment (or waiting period for the control group). Questionnaires will also be sent 1-, 3- and 6 months after treatment to follow up on the results. A smaller group of participants (10-15) will be asked to participate in a more detailed interview about how they experienced the treatment..

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Contained In: - (2020) vom: 31. Dez. To Main Record - year:2020




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Medical Condition: Depression, Depressive Symptoms
Recruitment Status: Terminated
Study Type: Interventional


Source: Link to the current record., First posted: August 11, 2020, Last downloaded: processed this data on June 14, 2021, Last updated: June 15, 2021

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