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ERIC Number: ED180551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Counseling Elderly Students in Community Colleges.
Rollins, Dontry
Despite the growing number of older students (age 50 or over) attending two-year institutions, counseling services relevant to their needs are often overlooked. These needs are especially acute because they often stem from the disengagement of long established social roles, such as the loss of a job through retirement, the loss of loved ones through death, and the loss of self-direction through institutionalization. Students with these problems require alert counselors trained to listen attentively and to use proxemics, nonverbal communication, and object language in the counseling process. Yet surveys indicate that no special programs for counseling older students currently exist at community colleges, and research shows that there is little information about the functioning of counseling services at two-year colleges in the professional literature. Administrative action is therefore required at the college level to assure that elderly students receive psychological as well as academic counseling. When counselors provide both services, the student will feel more comfortable in discussing personal problems, because the regularly scheduled interviews incorporated into the academic process will provide for a closer relation between counselor and student. References to relevant research studies are provided throughout the document. (JP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of Florida