Adultspan Journal

A scholarly journal publishing current information about research, theory, and practice in the field of adult development and aging. Emphasis is given to developmental principles and concomitant counseling implications. This is the official journal of the

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall

Counselor Self-Care: The Discussion Begins
The economic twists and turns of the past year have presented client and counselor challenges that have not been seen in decades. Deep concern about non-health-related issues for adults, such as living conditions and dwindling personal financial assets,...
Crisis Model for Older Adults: Special Considerations for an Aging Population
As the U.S. population ages, counselors must begin structuring their interactions to meet the unique needs of older adults, especially in the area of crisis intervention. The authors propose a new crisis intervention model that accounts for the needs...
Family Caregivers: Psychosocial Impacts and Clinical Needs
The authors describe how 3 groups of family caregivers (spouses, daughters, and sons) are affected by the caregiving role. In addition, clinical considerations and interventions for mental health professionals working with these different groups of...
Graduate Counseling Students' Levels of Ego Development, Wellness, and Psychological Disturbance: An Exploratory Investigation
The authors report the findings of a descriptive, correlational study of 111 graduate counseling students' levels of ego development (L. X. Hy & J. Loevinger, 1996), wellness (J. E. Myers & T. J. Sweeney, 2005), and psychological disturbance...
Perceived Early Childhood Family Influence, Perceived Pain Self-Efficacy, and Chronic Pain Disability: An Exploratory Study
The authors examined, with adult participants, the relationship between perceived early childhood family influence, pain self-efficacy beliefs, and pain-related disability. Perceived pain self-efficacy explained 37% of the variance in chronic pain...
Violence Survivors with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Treatment by Integrating Existential and Narrative Therapies
The author proposes the addition of narrative and existential therapies to current empirically based treatments for victims of interpersonal violence who are experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A brief history of PTSD, current diagnostic...