Date of Award

7-8-2014

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Fernand Lubuguin

First Committee Member

Melissa Henston

Second Committee Member

John McNeill

Keywords

Asperger's Disorder; High Functioning Autism; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Older Adult

Abstract

This article provides a theoretical consideration for the problems faced by older adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder as well as implications for applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with this distinct population. The author presents the relevant literature concerning the unique presentation and common problems of each, traditionally distinct population: (a) older adults and (b) Asperger’s Disorder. The author then extrapolates this data into a theoretical conceptualization of the unique clinical presentation and treatment considerations for the underrepresented population of older adults with Asperger’s Disorder. The author then presents a review of the relevant literature concerning the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with each distinct population. From this review, the author presents a conceptual framework for providing older adults with Asperger’s Disorder with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address their unique presenting problems.

Extent

50 pages

Included in

Psychology Commons

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