Narrative Gerontology: Theory, Research, and Practice

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Gary M. Kenyon, Phillip G. Clark, Brian De Vries
Springer Pub., 2001 - Social Science - 358 pages
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Narrative gerontology focuses on the possibilities of the "life as story" metaphor in the field of aging. Effectively integrating theory, research, and practice, this volume emphasizes the ways narrative approaches such as guided autobiography and life review can be incorporated into practice. The goal is to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for older adults, especially those with chronic illness and those near the end of their lives. Professionals within the fields of gerontology, social work, counseling, family therapy, nursing, medicine, and occupational therapy will all find valuable insights on how to incorporate narrative approaches into their work. Book jacket.

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About the author (2001)

Phillip Clark is Associate Professor in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Director of the Clinical Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Australia. He has a long term and ongoing interest in the structure and function of the haematological cells of Australian mammals and their haematological response to disease.

Brian de Vries, PhD, is Professor and Director of Gerontology at San Francisco State University and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston.

Dr. de Vries is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America; he is a founding member and former chair of the Interest Group of Death, Dying, Bereavement and Widowhood and a founding member of the Interest Group on Reminiscence and Life Review. He is Associate Editor of "The International Journal of Aging and Human Development" and has served as Guest Editor of two special issues on "Omega: Journal of Death and Dying" (1977) and Guest Co-Editor of Generations (2001), the journal of the American Society on Aging.

Dr. de Vries has also edited "Kinship Bereavement in Later Life; End of Life Issues: Interdisciplinary and Multidimensional Perspectives "(Springer 1999); and "Narrative Gerontology: Theory, Research and Practice" (co-edited with G. Kenyon and P. Clark, Springer Publishing, 2001).

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