Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Group psychotherapy and people with dementia

Gilliard, J.; Cheston, Richard; Jones, Kerry

Group psychotherapy and people with dementia Thumbnail


J. Gilliard

Kerry Jones


Psychotherapy and counselling approaches are being used increasingly with people with dementia, but there has been little structured research into the effectiveness of such work. This research reports findings from the evaluation of six, ten-week long psychotherapy groups for people with dementia in the south of England. Measures of depression and anxiety were taken independently of the clinical work at four time points: six weeks before the group began, at the start of the group, at the end of the group and at follow-up after a gap of ten-weeks. Forty-two participants entered the project at different points, of whom 19 completed the baseline, intervention and follow-up phases of the project. Analysis of the data for depression and anxiety levels using a repeated measures ANOVA showed a statistically significant treatment effect for Comell depression scores which was maintained at follow-up and a similar reduction in anxiety as measured by the rating for anxiety in dementia (RAID) which was borderline for significance. Although not all people with dementia would be suitable for group psychotherapy, nevertheless this research provides some of the first clear evidence that group psychotherapy may have a role to play in reducing levels of depression and anxiety of people with mild and moderate levels of dementia.


Gilliard, J., Cheston, R., & Jones, K. (2003). Group psychotherapy and people with dementia. Aging and Mental Health, 7(6), 452-461.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 16, 2002
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2010
Publication Date Nov 1, 2003
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 3, 2019
Journal Aging and Mental Health
Print ISSN 1360-7863
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 6
Pages 452-461
Keywords Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, groups, psychotherapy, counselling, depression
Public URL
Publisher URL
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Aging and Mental Health on 4th FEbruary 2003, available online:


You might also like

Downloadable Citations