Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Third Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Robertson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This research addressed the effects of short-term multifaceted inpatient treatment programs upon the severity of depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory.

The study was designed as a pre-post test using the Correlated t Test to analyze the results. The descriptive analysis describes what is presently taking place in a short-term hospital facility. The treatment staff indicated which treatment modalities should impact specific items on the Beck Depression Inventory. The data analysis supports the hypothesis that short-term multifaceted inpatient treatment will have a positive treatment effect upon depression. Statistical analyses were also conducted upon various population subgroups.

The treatment staff indicated that Fitness Center/ Aerobics should impact the Inventory categories of sleep disturbance, fatigability, and loss of appetite. Yet the results indicated no statistically significant changes for patients assigned to this treatment while those not assigned did show statistically significant positive changes on these three categories.