Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Randall H. Best


A study was conducted to examine the pretest - posttest change scores on the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale between an experimental group and control group of geriatric subjects. From a total of 22 subjects tested, eleven were randomly chosen for the experimental group and eleven were randomly chosen for the control group. All subjects were residents of a self-care unit of a nursing home. The subjects used in the experimental group were involved in ten sixty-minute didactic group therapy sessions, while the control group subjects were not treated. A t - test was used to determine the differences between the means of the two groups on the posttest. It was found that the experimental and control groups differed significantly (t=2.09, p<.05). Implications were discussed