17. Applied Geropsychology

  1. Paul R. Martin3,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD4,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)5,
  4. Michael Kyrios6,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier7 and
  6. José M. Prieto8
  1. Rocí Fernández-Ballesteros PhD1 and
  2. Martin Pinquart2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch17

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Fernández-Ballesteros, R. and Pinquart, M. (2011) Applied Geropsychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 4

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 5

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 7

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 8

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Madrid, USA

  2. 2

    Philipps University of Marburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • substantive areas of applied psychology - and applied geropsychology;
  • applied psychology of the aged - study of problematic and nonproblematic elderly, from a psychological perspective;
  • psychological development - a lifelong process;
  • Key Issues in Applied Geropsychology - Sterns and Camp's, suggestion that being an applied geropsychologist or applied gerontologist, is to be an “interventionist” professional;
  • identifying prominent topics of applied geropsychology - searching abstracts in PsycINFO data base for applied geropsychological topics;
  • ethical and conceptual prerequisite, that - beyond national ethical principles, applied geropsychologists should consider general principles, norms or guidelines for psychological practice with older adults;
  • process of assessment, intervention and evaluation - European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) Guidelines for the Assessment Process (GAP);
  • behavioral interventions, few studies - overall prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in the elderly;
  • pathological aging, defined as poor health, and/or physical disability - and/or deficit in activities of daily living;
  • promoting active and productive aging - positive or successful aging, a long and healthy life


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Key Issues in Applied Geropsychology

  • Assessment

  • Behavioral Interventions

  • Prevention and Promotion

  • Caregiving

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References