The effectiveness of a group intervention on seizure control in older adults

McLaughlin, D. P. and Pachana, N. A. (2005). The effectiveness of a group intervention on seizure control in older adults. In: Australian Journal of Psychology: The Abstracts of the 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference. 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, Geelong, (277-277). 4-5 November, 2005.


Author McLaughlin, D. P.
Pachana, N. A.
Title of paper The effectiveness of a group intervention on seizure control in older adults
Conference name 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference
Conference location Geelong
Conference dates 4-5 November, 2005
Proceedings title Australian Journal of Psychology: The Abstracts of the 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Basingstoke, U.K.
Publisher Taylor and Francis.
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 1742-9536
0004-9530
Volume 57
Issue 3 Supplement 1
Start page 277
End page 277
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Epilepsy in late adulthood may present a number of challenges, which are not typically confronted by younger persons. Increased depression associated with fear of falls, heightened social isolation and the possible reduction in functional independence imposed by seizures may greatly inhibit quality of life in older adults. Psychological interventions aimed at reducing seizure frequency and concomitantly addressing depressive symptoms have been shown in a limited number of studies of younger participants to be effective. This study sought to investigate the efficacy of a group intervention combining a range of psychological approaches and techniques for seizure management in adults over the age of 60 years. 37 participants with epilepsy were randomly allocated to a programme group (n=18) or a relaxation group (n=19). Each group took part in six, weekly group sessions: the programme group employed cognitive-behavioural techniques and addressed emotional difficulties; the relaxation group received training in progressive muscle relaxation. There was a significant reduction in seizure frequency in both groups, although no changes on measures of depression were reported. The results suggest that a group-based intervention incorporating psychological techniques and relaxation training may be equally effective for improving seizure control.
Subjects 380100 Psychology
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
380103 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Keyword Psychology
epilepsy
relaxation
depression
ageing
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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