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ERIC Number: ED155522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Mannerisms of the Elderly and Approaches to Rapport.
French, Warren A.; Thorson, James A.
This study presents a set of opinions on how to obtain rapport with and give preliminary counseling to individuals who have adopted distinct and different aging mannerisms. The nine mannerisms treated were abstracted from the studies of Neugarten and Reichard. The research sample was selected from the members of the Gerontological Society. Six forms of the final research instrument were created, each containing three of the nine behavioral mannerisms. Each mannerism appeared on two of the six forms. Combinations of any two stereotypes appeared only once in the six forms. The sample was asked to: (1) estimate the percentages of the elderly population that could be described by the three stereotypes, (2) recommend the best way to attain rapport with and resolve the problems of each group, and (3) suggest motivating appeals for making changes. Regardless of type of behavior senior citizens exhibited, there were three universal rules that the gerontologists laid down for the rapport and counseling process. (1) Individual people deserve individual attention. (2) Every person, irrespective of state of mind or background, must be treated with dignity and respect. (3) Listen, observe and empathize before making suggestions. Recommendations for each of the mannerisms are presented. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (30th, San Francisco, California, November, 1977); not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility