Psychotherapy With Older Adults Within a Family Context
Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
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Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition
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Knight, B. G. and Kellough, J. 2012. Psychotherapy With Older Adults Within a Family Context. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition.
- Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
The discussion of psychotherapy with older adults has largely focused on individual therapy. In this chapter, we review literature on the role of marriage and the quality of marital relationship in assuring good mental and physical health in later life. We also review the smaller literature on parent–child relationships in later life. Implications of advancing knowledge about marriage and family relationships for therapy with older adults are discussed. We argue that more attention should be paid to marital and family therapy with older adults and also that the marriage and family context should help to guide individual work with older clients.
- older adults;
- parent–child relationship;