Chapter

Psychotherapy With Older Adults Within a Family Context

Clinical Psychology

II. PSYCHOTHERAPY

  1. Bob G. Knight PhD1,
  2. Jennifer Kellough MA2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop208020

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Knight, B. G. and Kellough, J. 2012. Psychotherapy With Older Adults Within a Family Context. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology and Department of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  2. 2

    University of Southern California, Department of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • older adults;
  • psychotherapy;
  • marriage;
  • parent–child relationship;
  • gerontology;
  • geropsychology