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As the average age of the population rises, mental health professionals have become increasingly aware of the critical importance of personality in mediating successful adaptation in later life. Personality disorders were once thought to "age out," and accordingly to have an inconsequential impact on the lives of the elderly. But recent clinical experience and studies underscore not only the prevalence of personality disorders in older people, but the pivotal roles they play in the onset, course, and treatment outcomes of other emotional and cognitive problems and physical problems as well. Clearly, mental health professionals must further develop research methods, assessment techniques, and intervention strategies targeting these disorders; and they must more effectively integrate what is being learned from advances in research and theory into clinical practice.
Inspired by these needs, the editors have brought together a distinguished group of behavioral scientists and clinicians dedicated to understanding the interaction of personality and aging. Offering a rich array of theoretical perspectives (intrapsychic, interpersonal, neuropsychological, and systems), they summarize the empirical literature, present phenomenological case reports, and review psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and pharmacological treatment approaches. This comprehensive state-of-the-art guide will be welcomed by all those who must confront the complexity and the challenge of working with this population.
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DANIEL L. SEGAL, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He teaches courses in clinical psychology, conducts research on mental health and aging, and trains students in clinical geropsychology at the CU Aging Center.
FREDERICK L. COOLIDGE, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His research focuses on behavioral genetics and personality disorders across the lifespan.
ERLENE ROSOWSKY, PsyD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of the Center for Mental Health and Aging at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rosowsky writes a regular column for the Journal of Retirement Planning.Review:
The editors have assembled excellent articles on research and assessment, outcome measurements, clinical diagnostic and treatment issues and methods, and case examples....This is a book that can be highly recommended.
—READINGS: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health
Personality disorders in later life have received too little attention. Now, finally, Rosowsky, Abrams, and Zweig and their contributors shed new light. Expanding our understanding of the breadth of these problems and putting them in perspective, this book improves our ability to assess and treat older people.
—Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
George Washington University
Personality Disorders in Older Adults is a gem for clinicians as well as researchers. It clearly heralds the importance of personality in understanding and treating older persons. I enjoy the clinical richness and reflections from a psychotherapist writing as an older person, and appreciate the comprehensive conceptual attention to dimensional models and measures of personality and personality disorders. The consistent focus on the clinical implications in each chapter makes this a valuable resource.
—Paul Costa, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Personality and Cognition, Intramural Research Program, NIA/NIH
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