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Can a Function-Based Therapy for Spousally Bereaved Seniors Accrue Benefits in Both Functional and Emotional Domains?

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Late-life spousal bereavement has detrimental effects in daily functioning and emotional distress. This study tested the hypothesis that a therapy based exclusively upon functioning issues (sleep and daily lifestyle regularity) would accrue benefits in both functional and emotional domains. A comparison was made with a control therapy that concentrated on emotional issues, and specifically avoided discussing sleep or lifestyle regularity. Thirty-eight spousally bereaved seniors were randomly assigned to either functional or control therapy. Assessments were made before, during, and after a 6-month, 10-session individual therapy. The functional therapy assisted in both functional and emotional domains and the hypothesis was confirmed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 2: Department of Psychiatry, Sleep and Chronobiology Center, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication date: July 3, 2014

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