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ERIC Number: ED123516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
Training the Aged for "Competent Coping"--A Psychotherapeutic Strategy.
Kahana, Boaz
This paper presents a theoretical and clinical account of a psychotherapeutic approach to the aged. The approach is called "competent coping" therapy. It is oriented to helping older adults acquire and practice better adaptive strategies in handling problem situations. The author notes that unlike most work with older adults which is based largely on the principles of behavior modification, "competent coping" therapy takes a psychodynamic approach. The older person's adaptive style is seen as composed of both trait and dynamic components. Based on the assumption that awareness of a wide variety of coping strategies may facilitate the individual's own coping behavior, the therapy utilizes a group approach and focuses on sharing problem solving strategies and experiences. The author discusses several such groups and notes that his experience with "competent coping" therapy indicates that it is a fruitful approach to helping the aged adapt to their environment. (NG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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