Volume 10, Issue 2 p. 60-66

‘I've lost my husband, my house and I need a new knee … why should I smile?’: Action research evaluation of a group cognitive behavioural therapy program for older adults with depression

Lisa Richardson,

Lisa Richardson

School of Psychology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

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Corinne Reid,

Corresponding Author

Corinne Reid

School of Psychology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

School of Psychology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA, 6150, Australia, Corinne.Reid@murdoch.edu.auSearch for more papers by this author
First published: 02 March 2011
Citations: 5

Abstract

The current paper details an action research approach to developing and evaluating a group cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program for older adults (65+ years) experiencing depression. This approach allowed the development of a novel program and for each component of the program to be evaluated and modified in an iterative, developmental fashion – a particularly important, ethically responsive feature when working with vulnerable populations. Formative and summative evaluations allowed the identification of beneficial, cohort-specific elements of an intervention without compromising individual wellbeing. A mixed methods data design was used to triangulate multiple and repeated quantitative and qualitative measures; in essence, a formalisation of usual clinical practice. The outcomes from the pilot study will be discussed in the context of a methodology that uniquely facilitates microanalytic research while maintaining therapeutic accountability, making replication and program accountability available to all clinicians.