Chapter 2. Preventive Psychology in Later Life

  1. Elspeth Stirling practising clinical psychologist

Published Online: 29 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470660089.ch2

Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice

Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice

How to Cite

Stirling, E. (2010) Preventive Psychology in Later Life, in Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470660089.ch2

Author Information

  1. National Health Service in the United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683354

Online ISBN: 9780470660089



  • preventive psychology in later life;
  • common wounds and ageing;
  • devaluing life experiences of people with long-term disabilities ‘wounds’;
  • processes of systematic devaluation and socially engineered separation;
  • loss of control, autonomy and individualism;
  • ageing and being seen as a fiscal and social burden;
  • segregation of groups within society;
  • discontinuity in physical environment;
  • new paradigm of ageing - positive psychology, not ignoring reality of wounding process;
  • ‘person-centred’ in health and in personal and social services for older people


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Common Wounds and Ageing

  • Loss of Control, Autonomy and Individualism

  • Being Seen As a Fiscal and Social Burden

  • Rejection

  • Treachery

  • Segregation and Congregation

  • Dehumanization

  • Invalidation (Denial of True Feelings)

  • Discontinuity in the Physical Environment

  • Discontinuity in Relationships

  • Seen in Terms of Disability

  • Having One's Life ‘Wasted’

  • Blamed for the Problems, and Intimidated

  • The Cumulative Effects of Wounds

  • The Role of the Unconscious

  • The New Paradigmof Ageing

  • The Implications of the Person-Centred Paradigm for the Relationships between Services and the Persons They Serve

  • The Myth of ‘Evidence’ in the New Paradigm and in Service Change

  • Making Choices – A Valued Life Versus Effectiveness of Technology

  • General Principles of Psychological Interventions with Older People