The Value of Behavioral Perspectives in Treating Older Adults

  • Larry W. Dupree
  • Lawrence Schonfeld
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Behavioral approaches used in the treatment of older adults have now been implemented and evaluated over about a 25-year period. The field of behavioral gerontology, as it is known, is noted by Wisocki (1991) to be “best defined as the application of behavioral principles and procedures to the problems of the elderly and the issues of aging” (p. 3). Interventions based on these principles have proven to be among the most effective treatments for a wide variety of behavior problems for all age groups.


Target Behavior Behavioral Approach Maladaptive Behavior Cognitive Restructuring Behavioral Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry W. Dupree
    • 1
  • Lawrence Schonfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aging and Mental Health, The Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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