Social Skills Training in a Depressed, Visually Impaired Older Adult
Activities of Daily Living, Assertiveness, Behavior Therapy, Clonazepam, Combined Modality Therapy
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
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.
Donohue, B. C.,
Acierno, R. E.,
Van Hasselt, V. B.,
(1995). Social Skills Training in a Depressed, Visually Impaired Older Adult. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 26(1), 65-75.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/cps_facarticles/705