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Description - The Handbook of Structured Life Review by Barbara K. Haight

Reminiscence, life review, life story, autobiography, etc., are popular activities undertaken with or by older adults, whether for personal or therapeutic reasons. The act of reminiscing takes many forms, often very freeform, but this book presents a specific, structured approoach that has been extensively researched and found to provide measurable therapeutic benefits.Haight's Life Review process involves eight one-hour sessions that are organized around Erik Erikson's eight developmental accomplishments, or life stages: trust (early childhood), autonomy and initiative (childhood), industry (early adolescence), identity (adolescence), intimacy (early adulthood), generativity (older adulthood), and integrity (old age). Some people have not achieved one or more of these goals over the course of their lifetimes and the Life Review process offers an opportunity to rethink experiences in a way that helps them achieve these goals through understanding and acceptance of the past. Although this Life Review process has been used effectively with teenagers and other populations, the target audience for this book is older adults, especially those who have had difficult lives, to help them achieve integrity, which is an acceptance of the life lived rather than despair over it.The book describes in detail the role of the interviewer (Therapeutic Listener) and of the Life Reviewer. A chapter is devoted to each session, describing goals and instructions for the session along with sample dialogue from actual listeners - reviewers that illustrate the types of experiences and responses that may be elicited. Much of the text focuses on methods to be used by Listeners to facilitate the reminiscence process, including communication techniques, counseling techniques, assessment techniques, and even how to arrange the physical space to maximize comfort and minimize distractions. Different types of participants are described and effective methods of interviewing them are offered, always with case study examples that demonstrate the techniques.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781932529272
ISBN-10: 1932529276
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
Imprint: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Publisher: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Barbara K. Haight

Dr. Barbara Haight is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina. Recently retired, Barbara conducted 8 research projects over 25 years developing the structured life review process and supervised numerous students and colleagues in the practice of life review. She was the first president of the International Life Review and Reminiscing Society and has conducted hands-on life review projects in the United States, England, Japan, and most recently Northern Ireland. She is co-editor of two books on reminiscing and life review, plus one on group process, and is widely published in the field of life review and gerontology.Barbara is a fellow emeritus in the Gerontological Society of America where she founded and conducted a special interest group on reminiscence. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in the Florence Nightingale Society.|Barrett S. Haight retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army after serving 23 years in a variety of increasing positions throughout the world. He then worked for The Citadel Development Foundation as its Director of Estate Planning for 17 years. During these periods, Barrett taught undergraduate courses in business and constitutional law and graduate courses in Health Care Law at the Medical University of South Carolina.Barrett has authored articles for the Dickinson Law Review and The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Additionally he edited Focus, the newsletter of The Citadel Development Foundation. In his second retirement, he co-authored an article on reminiscence for the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and served as editor for many health care submissions.Both Barbara and Barrett are presently interested in using the Structured Life Review Process to help combat veterans who have returned from war. The Haights have 5 grown, successful children and 7 grandchildren. They live on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

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