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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Laurel Ostrow ('11-'12)

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Effect of Narrative Therapy on Elder Depression and Carer Stress in a Sample of Elders with Dementia

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact a narrative therapy intervention has on the variables of depression and stress among people with dementia and depression and their caregivers.

The relationship between depression and dementia is a subject of great interest to clinicians and researchers. The project hopes to understand more about the relationship between these two clinical concerns through the initial screening for depression and then again after the narrative therapy intervention. The possibility that narrative therapy relieves depression and creates a sense of increased meaning in life among cognitively impaired and depressed elders is the primary subject of the investigation.