The social treatment: the benefits of group interventions in residential care settings

Haslam, Catherine, Haslam, S. Alexander, Jetten, Jolanda, Bevins, Adam, Ravenscroft, Sophie and Tonks, James (2010) The social treatment: the benefits of group interventions in residential care settings. Psychology and Aging, 25 1: 157-167. doi:10.1037/a0018256

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Author Haslam, Catherine
Haslam, S. Alexander
Jetten, Jolanda
Bevins, Adam
Ravenscroft, Sophie
Tonks, James
Title The social treatment: the benefits of group interventions in residential care settings
Journal name Psychology and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0882-7974
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0018256
Open Access Status
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 157
End page 167
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We report findings from an intervention study that investigates the impact of group reminiscence (GR) and individual reminiscence (IR) activities on older adults living in care settings. This research aimed to provide a theory-driven evaluation of reminiscence based on a social identity framework. This framework predicts better health outcomes for group-based interventions as a result of their capacity to create a sense of shared social identification among participants. A total of 73 residents, living in either standard or specialized (i.e., dementia) care units, were randomly assigned to one of three interventions: GR (n = 29), IR (n = 24), and a group control activity (n = 20). The intervention took place over 6 weeks, and cognitive screening and well-being measures were administered both pre- and post-intervention. Results indicated that only the group interventions produced effective outcomes and that these differed as a modality-specific function of condition: Collective recollection of past memories enhanced memory performance, and engaging in a shared social activity enhanced well-being. Theoretically, these findings point to the important role that group membership plays in maintaining and promoting health and well-being. © 2010 American Psychological Association.
Keyword Reminiscence therapy
Social identity theory
Residential care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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