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ERIC Number: ED258085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dependency: The Application of the Systems Approach to a Clinical Problem.
Qualls, Sara Honn
Physical and social loss which accompany aging are often believed to promote dependency upon family, social services, and health care providers. Clinicians frequently complain about dependent clients and patients who leave the clinician feeling worn out, or worse, burned out. Very few publications have defined or addressed this problem identified by clinicians in many disciplines. This paper demonstrates the value of a systems model in addressing problems inherent in working with dependent behavior in older adults. Concepts basic to the systems model are presented, including behavior as communication, patterns as system rules, homeostasis and stability, morphogenesis and change, and the reverberations of change. These concepts are applied to clinical problems using a problem-focused intervention strategy borrowed from the family therapy literature. The problem-focused model is illustrated with case examples of problems faced by different disciplines in geriatric settings. The model simplifies the identification of appropriate interventions with older individuals requesting help, and with the multiple helping agents already involved. (The paper includes a visually-condensed version of information originally presented in poster form.) (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A