Social Skills Training in a Depressed, Visually Impaired Older Adult
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
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A multiple baseline design was used to assess the effects of social skills training (SST) in a 65-year-old woman suffering from major depression and severe macular degeneration. Responses to role-played scenarios requiring assertiveness, in vivo requests for assistance and social involvement, self-reported assertiveness, depression, and happiness were repeatedly recorded during baseline, treatment, and follow-up phases. Results showed progressive improvement in targeted social skills with SST in both clinic and home settings. Concurrent with enhanced levels of social skill were dramatic decreases of depression to a nonclinical level. Improved skill levels and diminished Geriatric Depression Scale scores were maintained during the 7-month follow-up period, except at the 6 month assessment after which booster treatment was applied to reinstate maximum improvement.
Mental and Social Health | Psychology
Van Hasselt, V. B.,
Social Skills Training in a Depressed, Visually Impaired Older Adult.
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 26(1),