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Task Performance of Older Women with Major Depression

Hamed, Razan (2008) Task Performance of Older Women with Major Depression. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Depression is a serious mental health illness and one of the most burdensome diseases to society. In fact, it is the most costly disease among mental illnesses in the United States (Murray & Lopez, 1997). The assessment of task performance is an important contribution provided by occupational therapists in the care of patients with depression. Such assessment can detect various difficulties experienced by patients. In older patients these difficulties are more complicated due to aging. Examples of difficulties may be failing to dress oneself, inability to take medication on time, and needing assistance in preparing a meal. Factors that underlie these difficulties might be age-related factors (e.g., cognitive and physical impairments), environment-related factors (e.g., novelty of the context in which the task was performed), or depression-related factors (e.g., negative symptoms associated with depression [e.g., loss of motivation]). The purpose of this dissertation is to determine difficulties in task performance experienced by older women with late life depression.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHolm, Margo Bmbholm@pitt.eduMBHOLM
Committee MemberChisholm, Denisedchishol@pitt.eduDCHISHOL
Committee MemberSkidmore, Elizabeth R.skidmore@pitt.eduSKIDMORE
Committee MemberRogers, Joan C.jcr@pitt.eduJCR
Committee MemberMorycz, Richardmorycz@pitt.eduMORYCZ
Date: 15 July 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 25 April 2008
Approval Date: 15 July 2008
Submission Date: 3 June 2008
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Activities of Daily Living (ADL); Depression; Home Visits; Outpatient Clinic; Geriatric Assessment; Task Assessment
Other ID:, etd-06032008-133954
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:46
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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