A randomized trial of a group based cognitive behavior therapy program for older adults with epilepsy: the impact on seizure frequency, depression and psychosocial well-being

McLaughlin, Deirdre P. and McFarland, Ken (2011) A randomized trial of a group based cognitive behavior therapy program for older adults with epilepsy: the impact on seizure frequency, depression and psychosocial well-being. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34 3: 201-207. doi:10.1007/s10865-010-9299-z


Author McLaughlin, Deirdre P.
McFarland, Ken
Title A randomized trial of a group based cognitive behavior therapy program for older adults with epilepsy: the impact on seizure frequency, depression and psychosocial well-being
Journal name Journal of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0160-7715
Publication date 2011-06-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10865-010-9299-z
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 201
End page 207
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Kluwer ; Plenum Press
Language eng
Abstract Few studies have examined the effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy to manage seizures and improve psychosocial functioning in older adults with epilepsy. This study evaluated the efficacy of a 6 week group CBT program in community dwelling adults with epilepsy who were aged over 60 years. A total of 37 participants were randomly assigned to either a CBT group or a control group. Measures of depression, dysthymia, psychosocial functioning and seizure frequency were completed at pre and post intervention. Seizure frequency was significantly reduced in the CBT group compared to the control group (Cohen's d 0.63). The results suggest that the relationship between seizure frequency and psychological and psychosocial well being in older adults requires further investigation. Although there were no significant between group differences on measures of depression and psychosocial functioning, both the CBT and control groups improved significantly from baseline. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Keyword CBT
Cognitive behavior therapy
Epilepsy
Older adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 27 October, 2010.

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