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date: 01 March 2021

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In the first part of the present chapter, we briefly summarize the meta-analytic approach and discuss advantages and disadvantages of meta-analysis. Subsequently, we summarize the results of recent meta-analyses in clinical geropsychology. We put the main focus on the effects of behavioural and psychotherapeutic interventions with older adults. The meta-analyses reviewed show that behavioural and psychotherapeutic interventions have moderate to large effects on depression symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and sleep problems of older adults. There are rather small effects on dementia patients’ cognitive performance and distress among individuals coping with care-giving and bereavement. Comparisons of the results of different meta-analyses on the same topic suggest that their results are quite robust.

Keywords: meta-analysis, psychotherapy, interventions, depression, anxiety, care-giving

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