Clinical Geropsychology

Pages: 371
Item #: 4318750
ISBN: 978-1-55798-519-4
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Copyright: 1998
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Relevant and accessible psychological services for aging adults are imperative, yet few mental health professionals are familiar enough with this rapidly growing population to provide quality care. Clinical Geropsychology, written for practicing clinicians, graduate students in training, and other scientifically informed mental health professionals, provides invaluable guidance for individuals working with aging populations.

The book begins with a theoretical anchoring across perspectives on psychological and behavioral aspects of aging such as life-span developmental, cognitive, sociological, and physiological psychology. Practical realities and life challenges are then explored in chapters on sexuality, marriage, elder abuse, dementia, depression, employment, retirement, and several other topics. These chapters provide an experiential sense of problems as well as data on incidence and prevalence. The book ends with nuts-and-bolts advice on psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment, individual therapy, and family therapy with older adults.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

—Norman Abeles


I. Theoretical Views on Older Individuals

  1. Life-Span Developmental Perspectives on Aging: An Introductory Overview
    —Gary R. VandenBos
  2. Aging Individuals and Societal Contexts
    —Elisabeth O. Burgess, Maria Schmeeckle, and Vern L. Bengtson
  3. Aging and Personality Traits: Generalizations and Clinical Implications
    —Paul T. Costa, Jr., Jian Yang, and Robert R. McCrae
  4. Cognitive and Information-Processing Perspectives on Aging
    —Timothy A. Salthouse
  5. Psychoanalysis and the Life Course: Development and Intervention
    —Bertram J. Cohler
  6. Physical Changes in the Aging Individual: Clinical Implications
    —Susan Krauss Whitbourne
  7. Coping With Aging: Individuality as a Key to Understanding
    —Richard S. Lazarus

II. Challenges and Practical Issues

  1. Caregiving to Adults: A Life Event Challenge
    —John C. Cavanaugh
  2. Friendships and Social Networks Among Older People
    —John C. Cavanaugh
  3. Sexuality and Aging
    —Jørgen Bruun Pedersen
  4. Employment and Potential Midlife Career Crisis
    —Harvey L. Sterns and Jennifer H. Gray
  5. Retirement and Retirement Planning in Old Age
    —Raymond Bossé
  6. Domestic Elder Abuse and Neglect
    —Rosalie S. Wolf
  7. Insomnia in Older Adults
    —Geir Høstmark Nielsen, Inger Hilde Nordhus, and Gerd Kvale
  8. Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    —Reidun Ingebretsen and Per Erik Solem
  9. Cognitive Dysfunction and Dementia
    —Pia Fromholt and Peter Bruhn
  10. Substance Use and Abuse in Old Age
    —Edith S. Lisansky Gomberg and Robert A. Zucker
  11. Anxiety in Old Age
    —Forrest R. Scogin
  12. Depression and Depressive Symptoms in Old Age
    —Julia E. Kasl-Godley, Margaret Gatz, and Amy Fiske
  13. Schizophrenia and Psychosis in Elderly Populations
    —Bertram P. Karon and Gary R. VandenBos

III. Assessment and Intervention

  1. Psychological Testing of Older People
    —Daniel L. Segal, Frederick L. Coolidge, and Michael Hersen
  2. Neuropsychological Assessment in Old Age
    —Knut Hestad, Bjorn Ellertsen, and Hallgrim Klove
  3. Psychotherapy With Older Adults
    —Inger Hilde Nordhus, Geir Høstmark Nielsen, and Gerd Kvale
  4. Psychotherapy With Older Adult Families: The Contextual, Cohort-Based, Maturity/Specific Challenge Model
    —Bob G. Knight and T. J. McCallum
  5. Interventions in Nursing Homes and Other Alternative Living Settings
    —Steven H. Zarit, Melissa M. Dolan, and Sara A. Leitsch
  6. Family Caregiving: Stresses, Social Programs, and Clinical Interventions
    —Steven H. Zarit, Lennarth Johansson, and Shannon E. Jarrott


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Inger Hilde Nordhus, PhD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Geropsychology at the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests focus on problems of mental health and aging, psychological assessment of older adults, and psychosocial interventions in old age. She has a central role in the development of postgraduate specialization in aging psychology in Norway, and serves as editor of the Journal of the Norwegian Psychological Association. She has authored several articles and has contributed to various books in geropsychology.

Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, Executive Director for Publications and Communications, American Psychological Association, has worked since the late 1970s in furthering the use of psychological research knowledge on aging to help shape public policy and in disseminating such knowledge. He has coedited several volumes in geropsychology, such as Psychology and the Older Adult: Challenges for Training in the 1980s (1982, with J. F. Santos), The Adult Years: Continuity and Change (1989, with M. Storandt), and Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia and Depression in Older Adults (1994, with M. Storandt).

Stig Berg, PhD, is Director of the Institute of Gerontology, University College of Health Sciences, Jönköping, Sweden. He has broad interests within the gerontological field particularly in the areas of biology, psychology, and old-age care. His recent research has focused on genetic and environmental sources of variation in the aging process through studies of twins. In addition, he has published several articles and textbooks in gerontology.

Pia Fromholt, MA, is currently Professor of Humanistic Gerontology at The Danish Research Councils and Director of the Center for Geropsychology, Aarhus University and Psychiatric University Hospital, Denmark. She received her master's degree in psychology from the University of Copenhagen and her bachelor's degree in medieval archaeology from Aarhus University. Her research interests include memory and cognition, aging and adaptation, and coping with mental dysfunction in old age. She has written several articles and contributions to books in gerontology.

Reviews & Awards

With the world's population living longer, it is very important that clinical psychologists become more aware of the unique physical and psychological problems faced by older people. This book represents clinical geropsychology "coming of age," especially when it is coupled with a recognition of increased research, more doctoral-level geropsychology programs, and more postdoctoral positions become available…Many myths about the "usual course" of aging exist, and this sort of book will help to dispel them.
Psychological Reports, 1999, 84, 351