ERIC Number: ED172049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Psychotherapy With Elderly Clients: A Behavioral Approach.
Whelihan, William M.
Behavior modification and behavior therapy techniques with institutionalized and community elderly are powerful approaches which effect changes in behavior quickly and dramatically, and are particularly useful because they involve total staff or family members in their implementation. Unlike psychotropic medications, behavioral approaches do not leave clients unresponsive or disoriented, but instead, focus on target symptoms and deal with these symptoms by manipulation of the social and physical environment of the client. Training in the use of these techniques is straight forward; minimum jargon is required and procedures can be laid out in easily understood steps. Positive results effect heightened morale for all concerned as situations which were previously viewed as hopeless readily resolve as a consequence of the behavioral interventions. In the work that has been done, the power and potential of these approaches for the reversal of nihilistic and ageistic attitudes, treatment of disruptive behaviors, interpersonal conflicts, and decreased motivation for self-care and self-improvement are well documented. Several such approaches are illustrated. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978); Best copy available