Social Work with Elders: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention / Edition 2

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Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Ph. D., ACSW is the recipient of a 2003 award in recognition of excellence in the presentation of end-of-life care content in gerontological social work textbooks given by the Last Acts Coalition supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Second Edition of her award-winning text, Social Work with Elders, examines the basics of a biopsychosocial approach to working with elders and could be considered "one stop shopping" for content on gerontological social work.

Social Work with Elders includes the protocols for both traditional and nontraditional interventions, recognizing the amazing heterogenity of the aging population, and examines important topics such as human behavior in the social environment of elders, spirituality, designing interventions, and diversity regarding gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and sexual orientation of elders. Readers are introduced to theoretical information on the biopsychosocial functioning of older adults and are prepared to assess that functioning and plan and implement interventions. The management of special concerns in substance abuse, protective services, working with family and caregiver support systems, and issues in dying, bereavement, and advance directives are also addressed.

What's New:

• Extensive new material on sexuality addresses an important topic that social workers may not remember to address with their elderly clients (Chapters 3 and 4).
• Expanded information on the social worker's role in death, dying, and advance directives helps prepare students for the tasks ahead (Chapter 13).
• New content on vascular dementia enhancesstudent recognition of the types of dementia they may see in their older clients (Chapter 5).
"This text is the best of its kind for introducing students to social work with elders. The author clearly and succinctly presents research, theory, therapies and practical applications."
Lois Fritschi, Florida International University

"The author has a knack for conveying complicated material in a clear, step-by-step organized manner without sacrificing depth and complexity for the sake of simplicity."
Susan Ednie, Kingsborough

***************************************** Allyn & Bacon's Career Center offers registered students eight 30-minute sessions with a career specialist. This $25.00 retail value is FREE when packaged with any Social Work textbook. For more information visit or contact your local Allyn & Bacon representative.

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McInnis-Dittrich (Boston College) presents an overview of the field of gerontological social work for students at the undergraduate or graduate level. The volume begins with a discussion of the biological and psychosocial changes that accompany aging. Conducting a biopsychosocial assessment, diagnosis of cognitive and emotional disorders, suicide prevention, group work, elder abuse, and advance directives are some of the topics treated in subsequent chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205408153
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The context of social work practice with elders 1
2 Biological changes and the physical well-being of elders 27
3 Psychosocial adjustments to aging 62
4 Conducting a biopsychosocial assessment 85
5 Differential assessment and diagnosis of cognitive and emotional problems of elders 116
6 Social work interventions in the socioemotional and cognitive problems of elders 151
7 Alternative interventions in the socioemotional problems of elders 184
8 Substance abuse and suicide prevention in elders 210
9 Group work with elders 241
10 Spirituality and social work with elders 267
11 Social work practice with elder abuse and neglect 292
12 Working with elders' support systems : spouses, partners, families, and caregivers 320
13 Dying, bereavement, and advance directives 346
Index 381
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