Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults
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Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults by James E. Birren
Book Description"Guided autobiography," write the authors, "is ideally suited to foster in the older adult a belief that his or her life is meaningful and something of which to be proud." This book helps professionals-at senior centers, community centers, and other service facilities-guide older adults and others in preparing their autobiographies. Many older adults, the authors explain, have limited social networks. Widowhood, retirement, and other "involuntary transitions" create a loss of roles, which can damage the older adult's sense of identity and self-worth. Guided autobiography can be used very effectively with such persons-to promote their general well- being, develop friendships, and create increased feelings of self-sufficiency. The book's chapters treat such topics as eliciting themes from people's lives, promoting creative thinking, facilitating group interaction, and mastering obstacles in the group process. Based on the authors' fourteen years of experience leading groups in guided autobiography, this book will be of special interest to gerontologists, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who conduct activity programs for older people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801842139
(229mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James E. Birren
Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Paperback (January 2006)
Provides a summary and evaluation of research on the psychological aspects of aging. This book contains 22 chapters organized into four divisions: Concepts, Theories, and Methods in the Psychology of Aging; Biological and Social Influences on Aging; Behavioral Processes and Aging; and Complex Behavioral Concepts and Processes in Aging.
Telling the Stories of Life through Guided Autobiography Groups, Paperback (July 2001)
Telling the Stories of Life through Guided Autobiography Groups shows how to organize, record, and share life experiences through a proven and effective technique.
History of Geropsychology in Autobiography, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by James E. Birren
This work brings together the recollections of the pioneering psychologists who developed the field of adult development and ageing. As they share their life stories, they describe the emergence of this field and illustrate the importance of individual influence on the development of psychology.
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Author Biography - James E. Birren
James E. Birren is director and Donna E. Deutchman is assistant director of the Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research at the Multicampus Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, University of California, Los Angeles. James E. Birren is also the author of Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided Autobiography Groups
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