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The new edition of Aging and Mental Health offers a detailed and comprehensive discussion of the reigning theoretical models of mental health, and their application to later life. These discussions are supplemented by case material that allows the reader to apply theoretical perspectives to the problems and prospects of later life. The authors also include the most recent information on various types of mental disorders and effective therapeutic techniques for working with older adults. This combination of theory and practice helps readers conceptualize mental health disorders and problems in later life and negotiate the complex decisions involved with the assessment and treatment of those problems.
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.
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.