This Third Edition of the bestselling Psychotherapy with Older Adults continues to offer students and professionals a thorough overview of psychotherapy with older adults. Using the contextual, cohort-based, maturity, specific challenge (CCMSC) model, it draws upon findings from scientific gerontology and life-span developmental psychology to describe how psychotherapy needs to be adapted for work with older adults, as well as when it is similar to therapeutic work with younger adults. Sensitively linking both research and experience, author Bob G. Knight provides a practical account of the knowledge, technique, and skills necessary to work with older adults in a therapeutic relationship. This volume considers the essentials of gerontology as well as the nature of therapy in depth, focusing on special content areas and common themes.
Chapter 10: Life Review in Psychotheraphy with Older Adults1
The role of life review with older adults has a long, though not always clear, role in psychotherapy with older adults. One of Freud's (1905/1953) objections to working with older adults, the one least discussed, was that there is simply too much life history to work through in psychoanalysis. Robert Butler (1963) observed that therapists often pathologized the tendency of older adults to reminisce and argued that reminiscence was a natural and healthy psychological activity. Later, Lewis and Butler (1974) described life review therapy as an effective method with older adults and with other adults in important developmental transitions. Erikson (1950/1963, 1968) described adult developmental stages and argued that there were important ...