ERIC Number: ED198224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Life Enhancement Counseling: A Psychosocial Model of Services for Cuban Elders.
Szapocznik, Jose; And Others
The Life Enhancement Counseling Model was developed specifically for the treatment of the problems of meaninglessness and purposelessness among depressed Cuban elders. The model is based on psychosocial development and ecological theoretical orientations. A life review approach is used to help the depressed individuals complete unfinished business and resolve regrets and self-reproachments, and to identify capabilities or interests that they are not presently using. Once these strengths have been identified, the potential for reenacting them is assessed. Depending upon the assessment, directive counseling and ecological intervention strategies are carried out that may lead to the reenactment of the past strengths. Life Enhancement Counseling, as it operated in a Dade County, Florida, clinic, was evaluated by measuring its effect on 44 Cuban elders. Data indicated that the counseling method was highly effective with depressed older adults when meaninglessness of life was a critical target problem. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Identifiers: Florida (Dade County)
Note: Prepared through the Spanish Family Guidance Center.