Psychotherapy for depression in older adults is the first book in the wiley series in clinical geropsychology which is directed primarily at psychologists who are currently or seeking to begin working with an aging patient population. Objective the authors examine national patterns in psychotherapy for older adults with a diagnosis of depression and analyze correlates of psychotherapy use that is consistent with agency for health care policy and research guidelines for duration of treatment. Several types of psychotherapy are effective for depression in older adults 7 8 in a meta analysis of psychosocial treatments for geriatric depression the overall effect size for treatment versus no treatment or placebo control was 078 9. Research supports the benefits of selecting the type of psychotherapy based on a comprehensive assessment of the older adults psychiatric medical functional and cognitive status and tailoring psychotherapy to the settings in which older depressed adults are most likely to present
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