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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

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68 Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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Kathleen Mcinnis-Dittrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0068

The phrase “cognitive-behavioral” embraces a broad range of therapeutic interventions, ranging from the complicated process of cognitive restructuring to the relatively simple behavior management techniques employed in validation therapy. The common denominator of cognitive-behavioral interventions is the focus on the older adult's thought process, and how that process influences subsequent emotional and behavioral responses. What an older adult thinks affects how he or she feels and behaves. With older adults, cognitive-behavioral approaches are most commonly used to treat mild to moderate forms of depression and anxiety. This chapter specifically examines cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), crisis intervention, and validation therapy.

Keywords:   cognitive-behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, validation therapy, elderly, social work practice, therapeutic interventions

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