Therapeutic listening: a novel tool to improve quality of life in institutionalized adolescents with depression

Balaji Gandhi Karunanithi, Preethi John, Gokulakannan Kandasamy

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Introduction: Depression is a typical, constant, and debilitating issue occurring during adolescence and
influencing near a fourth of all grown-ups. In adolescents depression related to impaired social connections,
lower educational accomplishment, poor scholarly execution, family and social brokenness, physical sick
wellbeing, and expanded danger of self-destruction. Therapeutic Listening programme (TLP) has been
emerged as one of nonpharmacological approaches to reduce depression with insufficient evidence. Objective: To determine the effects of therapeutic listening programme (TLP) on Quality of Life (QoL) in
Institutionalized Adolescents with depression (AWD). Methods: In this single-center, single-blinded, single-group pretest-posttest trial, 18 institutionalized AWD
were recruited through simple random sampling. They were provided with the TLP session for 30 min per
session twice a day for 5 days a week for 8 weeks. The primary outcome was measured with the help of the
Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) and Youth Quality of Life Instrument – Short Form (YQOL-SF).
Electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded in addition to CDI-2 and YQOL-SF. All the outcome measures
were measured at baseline and 8 weeks post-intervention. Results: Age, weight, height and BMI of recruited institutionalized adoloscents with depression were 15.1
(14.4 to 15.8), 46.5 (41.3 to 51.7), 150.3 (146.5 to 154.1) and 20.4 (18.8 to 22.0) respectively. Baseline and
post TLP interventen changes were CDI-2 and YQoL-SF, 122.5 to 135 (p=0.061) and 59.5 to 65 (p=0.016)
respectively. Significant EEG changes were observed at F3 frequencey [13.2 (12.2 to 14.2) to 8.5 (7.4 to
9.6); p<0.001] and F3 amplitude [56.7 (53.6 to 59.7) to 48.2 (43.5 to 52.8); p=0.001]
Conclusion: TLP might have the augmenting potential a to reduce depression and improve QoL among
institutionalized AWD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3506-3514
Number of pages9
JournalTurkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


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