Aging and Mental Health / Edition 2

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This fully revised and updated second edition provides a complete introduction to aging and mental health for psychology students taking courses in aging as well as for academics and practitioners working in the field of gerontology.
• Offers a comprehensive review of models of mental health and mental illness, along with their implications for treatment of older adults
• Provides a pragmatic analysis of assessment and treatment approaches that both students and practitioners will find useful
• Uses case studies to link theory and practice
• Fully updated to include discussion of the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment protocols in the field of mental health; the increasing prevalence of cognitive impairment and an appreciation of its implications for a variety of functional behaviors; and a changing understanding of long-term care away from a focus on institutional care and toward a broader spectrum of services

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In conclusion, this book is an excellent resource for mental health students and professionals working with aging adults. It addresses a need in the literature for a reliable text to help inform the field of aging and mental health . . . Aging and Mental Health is a valuable contribution to the gerontological literature." (The Gerontologist, 8 August 2011)

"Segal (psychology, U. of Colorado at Colorado Springs) et al. provide a revised and updated edition of their introduction to aging and mental health for psychology students, academics, and practitioners in gerontology, as well as service providers in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and nursing. After an overview of basic gerontology, they consider models of mental health and their application to the aging, and the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of older adults with various mental disorders, with a final chapter on geriatric mental health practice contexts and settings. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)" (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)"A fully revised second edition offers a complete introduction to ageing and mental health for psychology students and academics, and practitioners in gerontology. The authors present models of mental health and mental illness, together with their implications for treatment, and a pragmatic analysis of assessment and treatment approaches." (Times Higher Education, November 2010)

An introduction for clinicians and students in any of the medical or caring professions that deal with older people. Details the reigning theoretical models of mental health and their application to later life. Case studies demonstrate how to apply theoretical perspectives in cases of cognitive impairment, depression, schizophrenia and other late-life psychoses, and other disorders and difficulties. A final sections explores contexts of practice, both from institutional and individual professional perspectives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405130752
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Understanding Aging Series, #3
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 313,167
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel L. Segal is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Sara Honn Qualls is Kraemer Professor of Aging Studies, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Gerontology Center at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Michael A. Smyer is Professor of Psychology and Provost at Bucknell University.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction:

1. Mental Health and Aging: An Introduction.

2. Basic Gerontology for Working with Older Adults.

Part II: Models of Mental Health in Later Life:

Part II Introduction.

3. Psychodynamic Model.

4. Cognitive-Behavioral Model.

5. Stress and Coping Model.

6. Family Systems Model.

Part II Summary and Commentary: Choosing Among Models of Mental Disorders in Later Life.

Part III: Introduction to Mental Disorders:

Part III Introduction.

7. Cognitive Impairment.

8. Depression.

9. Severe Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Schizophrenia and Other Late-Life Psychoses: Stephen J. Bartels (Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging).

10. Anxiety, Sexual, and Sleep Disorders.

11. Substance Abuse, Personality Disorders, and Marital/Family Conflict.

12. Settings and Contexts of Mental Health Services.



Name Index.

Subject Index.

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