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ERIC Number: EJ1072490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1937-156X
Changing Paradigm for Supporting Aging Individuals' Health and Well-Being: A Framework for Professional Development
Kemeny, Elizabeth; Mabry, J. Beth
Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, v30 n2 2015
This study addresses the transfer of training to quality care practices among leisure services professionals who serve older adults by applying the Social Structure and Personality approach, a social psychology framework that accounts for layers of influence in that process. Multiple demographic and policy changes contribute to a need for a paradigm shift in services for aging persons in the community. In order to educate pre-professionals and professionals in leisure services areas who work with aging people, training should include meeting the needs of older adults from diverse situations, including those aging with developmental disabilities and multiple chronic conditions. In order to address this need, the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (2014) and the Geriatric Treatment Network of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (Richeson & Sardina, 2014) identified competencies for geriatric education. Defining the appropriate content of education is a necessary first step, but is not sufficient for transfer of training to practice. Additional factors include the methods for delivery of education, such as reflective and experiential learning. The Social Structure and Personality (SSP) framework provides a useful model to understand the layers of factors involved in translating education to outcomes for older adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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