Behavioral and Cognitive Treatments for Geriatric Depression: An Evidence-Based Perspective

  • Kathryn S. Moss
  • Forrest R. Scogin

Depressive disorders are common in late life and impact those who experience them on a number of levels. Although depressive disorders are among the most studied conditions in the older adult literature, their complex nature requires that continued research be conducted to determine the best methods to assess and treat them. The population of older persons is burgeoning, making it imperative that professionals become knowledgeable about the assessment and treatment of depressive disorders. This chapter provides an overview of the evidencebase for specific cognitive and behavioral treatments for late-life depression. Considerations for assessing depressive disorders in older adults as well as issues related to combination treatment (antidepressant medication + psychotherapy) are discussed. Suggestions for the provision of culturally competent treatment are covered as well. It is our hope that this chapter will both provide information for individuals seeking to provide evidence-based treatment to older adults as well as stimulate further research in this area.


Depressive Symptom Depressive Disorder Behavioral Treatment Geriatric Depression Scale American Geriatrics Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn S. Moss
    • 1
  • Forrest R. Scogin
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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