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Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy to Reduce Depression among Home-Bound Elders
Best practices in Mental Health (2012)
  • Cassandra L. Bransford, Binghamton University--SUNY
This article describes a service-learning research project developed collaboratively between Binghamton University’s social work department and a human service agency, Broome County Council of Churches. In addition to providing instruction and weekly supervision to master of social work (MSW) students in an interpersonal psychotherapy-informed approach developed for depressed home-bound elders, quantitative and qualitative data were collected to ascertain the feasibility of using MSW student practitioners to reduce depressive symptoms among participants. Pre- and postintervention measures of depression using the Hamilton Rating Scale (Hamilton, 1960; n = 10) revealed overall reduction in depressive symptoms following intervention as well as a significant decrease in the subscale item of insomnia. There were no differences in overall cognitive functioning, as measured by the Mini-Mental State Examination (Kurlowicz & Wallace, 1999).
  • best practice,
  • evidence-based practice,
  • interpersonal psychotherapy,
  • service learning
Publication Date
June, 2012
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Bransford, C.L., & Choi, S. (2012). Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy to reduce depression among homebound elders: A service-learning research collaboration. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal,8(1), 1-15.