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Title: Older adults and psychological therapy
Author: Bennion, Lorna Denise
ISNI:       0000 0001 3460 1689
Awarding Body: University of Warwick and University of Coventry
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores a number of issues related to psychological therapy with people in later life, those over the age of 65 years, over three chapters. Chapter I, the literature review, explores engagement and therapeutic alliance with this population. The review highlights that the literature on this topic is sparse and that it originates in America. The following key themes are discussed: measures, predictors, influencing factors, enhancing or facilitating factors of engagement and/or therapeutic alliance. Implications for clinical practice in terms of awareness, education, training, and further research are discussed. Chapter II, the empirical paper, is a study exploring how people inJater life describe their e{periences of psychological therapy. Eight people over the age of 65 years were interviewed about their recent experiences of psychological therapy. Transcripts were analysed using grounded theory. From the analysis a process model was devised based on 3 core categories: before therapy, in therapy and after therapy. Implications for clinical practice, service development and future research are discussed. Chapter III, the reflective review, reflects on the research process, what has been learnt about the topic area and working with older adults. Reflections are provided with the aim of being useful to the author and others in terms of professional development and future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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