Group MBCT for older people with depression

Meeten, F., Whiting, S., & Williams, C. M. (2014). An Exploratory Study of Group Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Older People with Depression. Mindfulness, 1-8.

From the Abstract: The benefits of a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group for older people with recurrent and/or chronic depression were explored using a measure of mood and well-being. Thirteen participants started the study and outcome measures were recorded at baseline, post-MBCT group and at a 6-month follow-up.

Although there was only a small sample size that had complete pre- and post-group data, improvements in depression and anxiety severity were noted and there was a significant improvement on ‘purpose in life’ and marginally significant improvement of ‘personal growth’, two of six domains on a measure of well-being. Participants were satisfied with the structure of the course but were less confident about committing to the daily practice after the group than pre-group.

At 6 months follow-up, none of the group had relapsed into a major depressive episode. Further research with larger sample sizes and a control group to control for nonspecific therapeutic group factors is recommended.