Title

Aging and Family Therapy: Exploring The Training and Knowledge of Family Therapists

Keywords

aging, family therapy, family therapists

Abstract

The present study examined therapists' training in aging issues, and their knowledge and attitudes about aging. One hundred and ninety-one clinicians completed a web-based questionnaire. The majority of respondents reported to have some training in aging issues, although they did not believe it prepared them well to work with older clients. Clinicians reported feeling comfortable working with older adults, yet they also agreed that special training could benefit their work. Knowledge scores were significantly correlated with interest in aging issues, perceived importance of training, perceived competence, and perceived effectiveness in treating older adults. Research and clinical implications are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Yorgason, J.B., White, M.B., & Miller, R.B. (2009). Aging and family therapy: Exploring the training, knowledge, and clinical experience of family therapists. American Journal of Family Therapy, 37, 28-47.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-01-07

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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