Advertisement

Group

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 146–155 | Cite as

It's never too late to change: A group psychotherapy experience for older women

  • Hindy Nobler
Article

Abstract

Group psychotherapy in a mixed gender group is seen as useful for treatment of the unique existential and emotional problems of the older woman. This article describes the first year of a psychotherapy group for older adults, four women and three men in their early fifties to late sixties. Some issues discussed unique to this age group were loss, isolation, changing body image, and changed political views. There were differences in reactions between the men and women. The major value of group psychotherapy for older women is seen as providing a safe arena for exploring current issues, integrating a sense of self, enhancing self-worth, and overcoming isolation and despair.

Keywords

Social Psychology Body Image Group Psychotherapy Emotional Problem Current Issue 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Formanek, R. (1987). Depression and the older woman.Springer Series, Focus on Women, 11, 272–281.Google Scholar
  2. Kubie, S., & Landau, G. (1988).Group work with the aged. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.Google Scholar
  3. Kucharski, L., White, R., & Schratz, M. (1979). Age bias: Referral for psychological assistance and the private physician.Journal of Gerontology, 34, 423–428.Google Scholar
  4. Lakin, M. (1988). Group therapies with the elderly: Issues and prospects. In B. MacLennon, S. Saul, & M. B. Weiner (Eds.),Group psychotherapies for the elderly (pp. 43–45). AGPA Monograph Series. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.Google Scholar
  5. Levy, S. (1981). The aging woman: Developmental issues and mental health needs.Professional Psychology, 12, 92–102.Google Scholar
  6. Lothstein, L. (1988). Psychodynamic group therapy with the active elderly. In B. MacLennon, S. Saul, & M. B. Weiner (Eds.),Group psychotherapies for the elderly (pp. 67–87). AGPA Monograph Series. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.Google Scholar
  7. Nobler, H. (1982). The effects of therapist variables in group psychotherapy. In L. Wolberg & M. Aronson (Eds.),Group and family therapy 1982 (pp. 119–130). New York: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar
  8. Radloff, L. S., & Rae, D. S. (1981). Components of the sex difference in depression. In R. G. Simmons (Ed.),Research in community and mental health (Vol. 2, pp. 111–137). Greenwich, CT: Jai Press.Google Scholar
  9. Sadavoy, J., & Leszcz, M. (1987).Treating the elderly with psychotherapy: The scope for change in later life. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.Google Scholar
  10. Schloss, G. (1988). Growing old and growing: Psychodrama with the elderly. In B. MacLennon, S. Saul, & M. B. Weiner (Eds.),Group psychotherapies for the elderly (pp. 89–104). AGPA Monograph Series. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.Google Scholar
  11. Weiner, M., & White, M. (1988). The third chance: Self-psychology as an effective group approach for older adults. In B. MacLennon, S. Saul & M. B. Weiner (Eds.),Group psychotherapies for the elderly (pp. 57–66). AGPA Monograph Series. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.Google Scholar
  12. Weissman, M. M., & Myers, J. K. (1979). Depression in the elderly: Research directions in psychopathology, epidemiology, and treatment.Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12, 187–202.Google Scholar
  13. Wright, F., & Gould, L. (1977). Recent research on sex linked aspects of group behavior: Implications for group psychotherapy. In L. Wolberg & M. Aronson (Eds.),Group therapy 1977: An overview (pp. 208–218). New York: Stratton Intercontinental Medical Books.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hindy Nobler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral ScienceUCLA School of MedicineUSA

Personalised recommendations