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In the United States the population of individuals over the age of 60 is large and expected to increase (Administration on Aging, 2009). Mental disorders (e.g., dementia) are especially prevalent in elderly populations (WHO, 2012). Considering the relatively small amount of research examining elderly populations in the United States, this prevalence highlights the potential and necessity for intervention research specifically designed for elderly individuals. This study examines the effectiveness of a cognitive as well as an interpersonal intervention on the mental health of a sample of individuals over the age of 60 at residential eldercare facilities. Results showed no significant differences between intervention groups. Data does highlight a promising future for cognitive and interpersonal interventions for elderly samples.

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Psychology Commons



Faculty Mentor

Melanie M. Domenech Rodriguez

Departmental Honors Advisor

Scott C. Bates