Problem-Solving Therapy for Depression in Adults: A Systematic Review
Objectives: This article presents a systematic review of the evidence on problem-solving therapy (PST) for depressive disorders in noninstitutionalized adults.
Method: Intervention studies using randomized controlled designs are included and methodological quality is assessed using a standard set of criteria from the Cochrane Collaborative Review Initiative.
Results: Twenty-two studies investigating PST for adult depression are compiled and examined. Studies differ in scope and methodological rigor. Sample sizes vary widely; all study outcomes include depression measures; problems in masking of group assignment and randomization are noted.
Conclusions: Mixed evidence for PST as a depression treatment is found. The combined use of PST and antidepressant treatment has more favorable outcomes compared with PST alone for social work practice.
Gellis, Zvi D. and Kenaley, Bonnie. (2008). "Problem-Solving Therapy for Depression in Adults: A Systematic Review". Research on Social Work Practice, 18(2), 117-131.