Handbook Of Clinical Psychology of Ageing 2nd Edition PDF
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In the preface to the first edition of this handbook, which was published in 1996, one of us (BW) wrote: ‘Clinical psychology with older people has come of age . . . This book aims to celebrate the maturity of clinical psychology with older people, by indicating what has been achieved, and also to move the area onwards . . .’
A decade later, it is less easy to pinpoint the developmental stage that this specialism has reached, and it would be a folly to attribute a role to the handbook, well received as it was, in pushing back the frontiers of knowledge and practice. However, there is no doubt that development has continued apace, that the contribution of clinical psychology with older people is increasingly well recognized and that there is energy and creativity aplenty in this field. There are, no doubt, still uncharted territories in the psychological difficulties faced by older people where clinical psychology has yet to venture and much research and practice development that could be implemented more widely and uniformly, but the rate of progress has been very encouraging.
In considering a second edition, it was clear the growth in the field would make the editorial task even greater, and so, to the initial editor’s relief and delight, Linda Clare has joined him. Together, we have added a further five chapters to the 29 in the initial edition, and less than a third of those 29 will be recognizable as (extensively) updated versions of those appearing in 1996. Some topics have remained the same but we have asked different authors to present their approach on this occasion – sometimes through necessity, as with the untimely loss of Tom Kitwood in 1997, sometimes to reflect the diversity of the field and to bring on board authors newer to the field. However, over a third of the chapters in this edition are on topics that were not covered in the first edition, or that were subsumed in other chapters. Thus suicide, late-onset psychosis, assessment of mood and wellbeing, and interventions with care givers all now have chapters in their own right, and palliative care, primary care, Parkinson’s and learning disability in older people are topics covered essentially for the first time.
The volume has a similar structure to the first edition, with five sections, covering ageing, psychological problems of later life, the service context, psychological assessment and psychological intervention. The balance between sections is rather different in this edition, with the number of chapters in what was the ‘psychology of ageing’ section reduced by more than half, offering the opportunity for many more practice-related chapters distributed throughout the other sections. This does not reflect a reduced importance of the study of ‘normal ageing’ for the practice of clinical psychology with older people but rather a recognition that such a vast literature needs to be summarized succinctly for the clinician, providing a starting point for more extensive study where that is required.
Inevitably, in a book of this nature, there are areas of overlap between chapters. As editors, recognizing that chapters from the handbook are likely to be used as stand-alone sources of reference, we have not sought to remove such overlap completely but we have attempted to signpost within the book as to where more detailed coverage might be found. No doubt, there will at times be contrasting viewpoints, as is to be expected in a growing, dynamic field.
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