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Title: A WAIS-III marker for depression in older adults?
Author: Torrens, Lorna Ann
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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Depression is a common and disabling condition in older adults associated with increased medical complaint and mortality. Depression in late-life is often accompanied by measurable deficit across a broad range of cognitive functions, at least in a proportion of individuals. It is unclear whether impaired cognitive performance is primarily a function of structural brain change or mood-state deficiency and to what extent deficit is reversible on recovery. Three groups of older adults comprising currently depressed individuals, individuals previously depressed but now recovered and individuals with no previous history of depression were tested and compared using the WAIS-III. Results were considered in relation to four identified WAIS-III factors including verbal comprehension, perceptual organisation, working memory and processing speed in an attempt to clarify some of the issues regarding the possibility of structural brain change in the development of late-life depression.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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