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A brief problem-solving indicated-prevention intervention for prevention of depression in nonprofessional caregivers.
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PMID:  23336549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Despite depression being a common problem among nonprofessional caregivers, no studies of prevention of depression targeting this population exist in the literature. The studies of indicated prevention of depression aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a problem-solving intervention in preventing clinical depression in a sample of female caregivers. Method: A controlled randomized trial was conducted among 173 participants (mean age 53.9 years), 89 of whom were randomized to the intervention group and 84 (controls) to usual care. The intervention comprised five weekly 90-minute group sessions. Results: At post-treatment, depression symptoms in the intervention group had remitted significantly more than in the control group, with a large effect size ( d = 1.54). The proportion of participants showing clinically significant improvement was significantly larger in the intervention group (80.9% vs. 11.9% among controls), and fewer intervention-group participants had progressed to clinical depression during the study period (4.5% vs. 13.1% among controls). The intervention group also exhibited a significantly greater reduction in emotional distress and caregiver burden than the control group. Conclusions: These findings attest to the short-term efficacy of the intervention.
Fernando L Vázquez González; Patricia Otero Otero; Angela Torres Iglesias; Elisabet Hermida García; Vanessa Blanco Seoane; Olga Díaz Fernández
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psicothema     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1886-144X     ISO Abbreviation:  Psicothema     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189384     Medline TA:  Psicothema     Country:  Spain    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.
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