Interventions for Mental Health Problems in Later Life

Jason M. Holland and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

in The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195366884
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Interventions for Mental Health Problems in Later Life

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Older adults are increasingly making up a larger segment of the worldwide population, which presents both challenges and opportunities for the clinical psychologist in the 21st century. In this chapter, we address some of the unique aspects of working with this population, focusing on general guidelines for tailoring interventions for older adults, specific treatments for particular problems commonly faced in later life, as well as issues of diversity and how they might impact psychotherapy with older clients. We also outline several areas in geropsychology that are in need of further investigation, namely the use of technology, post-traumatic stress, and family therapy, and offer some recommendations for future directions in this field of study.

Keywords: Age difference; diversity; geropsychology; interventions; older adults

Article.  20935 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Health Psychology

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