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Title: Effects of a comprehensive educational group intervention in older women with cognitive complaints: a randomized controlled trial
Authors: Hoogenhout, Esther
De Groot, Renate
Van der Elst, Wim
Jolles, Jelle
Keywords: cognitive aging
subjective forgetfulness
metacognition
intervention
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2012
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The current study presents a new comprehensive educational group intervention that offers psycho-education about cognitive aging and contextual factors (i.e., negative age stereotypes, beliefs, health, and lifestyle), focuses on skills and compensatory behavior, and incorporates group discussion. Its effects were investigated in community-dwelling older women who report normal age-related cognitive complaints. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial with an experimental and waiting list control condition was carried out in a sample of 50 women aged 60-75 years. As the main problem of these individuals were perceived cognitive deficits without actual cognitive decrements, metacognition served as the primary outcome measure. Objective cognitive functioning and psychological wellbeing were secondary outcome measures. A double baseline and a follow- up assessment were carried out. RESULTS: Participants in the experimental condition reported significantly fewer negative emotional reactions towards cognitive functioning (U = 164.500, p = .004). The reported effect size (δ = -.473) could be interpreted as large. CONCLUSIONS: This new comprehensive educational group intervention reduces negative emotional reactions towards cognitive functioning, which seems a prerequisite for improved subjective cognitive functioning and wellbeing. It can potentially contribute the wellbeing of an important and large group of older adults.
Description: Hoogenhout, E. M., De Groot, R. H. M., Van der Elst, W., Jolles J. (2012). Effects of a comprehensive educational group intervention in older women with cognitive complaints: a randomized controlled trial. Aging & Mental Health, 16, 135-144. doi:10.1080/13607863.2011.598846
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/4122
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