Clinical Gerontologist (Clin Gerontologist)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

The superlative journal of aging and mental health, Clinical Gerontologist presents timely material relevant to the needs of mental health professionals and all practitioners who deal with the aged client. The journal is designed for psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers, and counselors (family, pastoral, and vocational) who address the issues commonly found in later life, including: adjustments to changing roles, dementia, caregivers, depression, hypochondriasis, paranoia. Here is an excellent and informative resource for mental health professionals and practitioners who work with elderly clients. There is no "poetry and politics" in Clinical Gerontologist, nor is there dry theory with no practical application. All articles in this practitioners' journal feature timely, practical material relevant and applicable to the assessment and management of mental disorders in later life.

Current impact factor: 0.94

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.94
2013 Impact Factor 0.66
2012 Impact Factor 0.464
2011 Impact Factor 0.727

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.02
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.13
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.34
Website Clinical Gerontologist website
Other titles Clinical gerontologist
ISSN 0731-7115
OCLC 8236085
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Caregivers experience many difficulties and challenges with the process of providing care particularly at times of transition, such as when the care recipient moves into a nursing home. This qualitative study aims to understand caregiver experiences of this important process. Twelve interviews were conducted with caregivers with an older relative in a nursing home. Thematic analysis identified five themes: Filial and cultural expectations shape caregivers’ experience of pre-placement decisions and post-placement; View of the placement decision; Continued impact of caring; Engagement with the institution and Maintaining the relationship. The findings and the post-placement implications are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: Clinical settings require an efficient and informative approach to the assessment of caregiving situations to help providers decide how to focus interventions. Providers serving caregivers need to know about care recipients, who may not be available in the same clinical setting where the caregiver is being served, so checklists have been developed to elicit the caregivers’ perceptions of the problem (e.g., symptoms, functional challenges, and attributions for the problem). The purpose of this study was to conduct a preliminary test of reliability and validity of an assessment tool designed for use in clinical settings that serves caregivers of persons with physical illness as well as dementias. Informal family caregiver clients in a counseling program (N = 502) completed assessment questionnaires, including a new measure, the Behavior Problem Checklist, during intake, prior to intervention. The sample was divided into a development sample (N = 400) and a verification sample (N = 102) in order to examine the psychometric properties of the Behavior Problem Checklist. The Behavior Problem Checklist exhibited item-total internal reliability, test-retest reliability, and convergent validity with another measure of behavior problems. The Behavior Problem Checklist appears to be a valid tool to assess problem behaviors. At its current level of development, it is deemed to be appropriate for use in research settings. With further study, the BPC may prove to be a useful clinical tool for use with caregivers to help identify care recipient problem areas that can assist providers with selection of interventions.
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Apathy and depression are common in older adult patients following open-heart surgery and contribute to delayed early mobility. The stimulant methylphenidate has not been widely studied in the older adult population. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in short-term outcomes between older adults who received methylphenidate following coronary artery bypass (CABG).METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, patients who underwent isolated CABG at a single community hospital were reviewed. All patients ≥70 years old were included. Groups were defined by whether or not they received postoperative methylphenidate (PM). Univariate and multivariate analysis was conducted. A generalized linear model predicting hospital lengths of stay (LOS) was constructed.RESULTS: Of the 150 patients reviewed, 50 were included. Median age was 75.5 years (IQR 72-79). Seven patients were women. Twenty-seven patients received PM; 23 patients did not (NPM). Both groups had similar baseline and clinical characteristics. PM had shorter LOS (4 [3–5] days vs. 6 [4–7] days, p < 0.001). The association of methylphenidate with shorter LOS remained significant in multivariate analysis (IRR 0.74 [95% CI 0.62-0.87], p = 0.001). Mortality at 30-days was zero in both groups.CONCLUSIONS: PM following CABG may be associated with shorter LOS in the older adult population.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: Although affective and spiritual states may share some common clinical features, the precise nature of the relationship between depression and spirituality is still unclear. We tested the hypothesis that two instruments that measure depressive symptoms and spiritual distress describe similar dimensions. Patients admitted to geriatric rehabilitation (N = 185; mean age 81.3 ± 6.9 years) had depressive symptoms assessed with the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) and spiritual distress evaluated with the Spiritual Distress Assessment Tool (SDAT). A principal components analysis pooling GDS-15 and SDAT resulted in a 6-factor solution, with only one factor shared by both dimensions. Depressive symptoms and spiritual distress measured by the two instruments appeared only moderately correlated and corresponded to distinct dimensions.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: This issue of Clinical Gerontologist arrives with its usual array of clinically meaningful scientific papers including papers addressing assessment and treatment of depression in older adult as they relate to emerging concepts such as “mindfulness,” “self-compassion,” and “trait hope” in impacting clinical outcomes. These interesting, important, and clinically applicable papers represent a strong tradition of publication within Clinical Gerontologist. As we transition editorial roles in the journal, we would like to reflect on how we arrived and where we are going.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: This paper investigated life-space mobility within one year of relocation to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with an embedded wellness program. Ninety-six independent living (IL) residents self-reported life-space mobility and physical, cognitive, and psychosocial variables. Mean life-space mobility of the current sample was 56.65 (SD = 16.92), suggesting the majority of residents moved independently within the facility, but rarely traveled beyond the CCRC campus. Residents who were largely limited to the CCRC showed lower cognitive ability, t(94) = −3.37, p = .001, d = -.69, functional ability, t(94) = −4.85, p < .001, d = .88, and functional mobility, t(94) = 5.22, p < .001, d = 1.07, but did not report higher levels of depression, t(80) = 1.15, p = .254, or loneliness, t(94) = .63, p = .532, compared to residents who travelled beyond the CCRC regularly. Results suggest that the majority of IL residents limited mobility to the CCRC campus, without compromising psychological well-being. Overall, the current study gives insight into the relationship between IL residents and an enhanced socio-physical environment.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The present study assessed the relationship between nocturia and cue-induced urinary urges.Methods: Three hundred and six participants (201 females) ranging from 24 to 88 years of age, median age 53 years old participated in an online survey about bladder symptoms and cues related to urinary urge and urgency incontinence.Results: We found that individuals who experience more instances of cue-related urges have more nocturnal urination, F (4. 504) = 3.106, p < .001, when controlling for age, day time urination frequency, and gender. Our findings suggest that awakening from sleep may be the cause rather than the consequence of urinary urgency.Conclusion: These results add to previous research by offering support that psychological contributors are primary or secondary predictors of urological disorders.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Deficits in working memory (WM) are associated with age-related decline. We report findings from a clinical trial that examined the effectiveness of Cogmed, a computerized program that trains WM. We compare this program to a Sham condition in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).Method: Older adults (N = 68) living in the community were assessed. Participants reported memory impairment and met criteria for MCI, either by poor delayed memory or poor performance in other cognitive areas. The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS, Delayed Memory Index) and the Clinical Dementia Rating scale (CDR) were utilized. All presented with normal Mini Mental State Exams (MMSE) and activities of daily living (ADLs). Participants were randomized to Cogmed or a Sham computer program. Twenty-five sessions were completed over five to seven weeks. Pre, post, and follow-up measures included a battery of cognitive measures (three WM tests), a subjective memory scale, and a functional measure.Results: Both intervention groups improved over time. Cogmed significantly outperformed Sham on Span Board and exceeded in subjective memory reports at follow-up as assessed by the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire (CFQ). The Cogmed group demonstrated better performance on the Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ), a measure of adjustment and far transfer, at follow-up. Both groups, especially Cogmed, enjoyed the intervention.Conclusion: Results suggest that WM was enhanced in both groups of older adults with MCI. Cogmed was better on one core WM measure and had higher ratings of satisfaction. The Sham condition declined on adjustment.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this exploratory study was to evaluate teamwork in gerontological practice. Participants (N = 475) were recruited through an online survey link sent through organizations and institutions serving older adults. Findings demonstrated that age, length of time in profession and having a more positive view of teamwork made a positive difference in level of professional identity. Qualitative analysis demonstrates that personal and professional growth was identified thematically as an important element of teamwork. This study identifies that professionals working in aging services professions who practice teamwork identify value in teaming both personally and professionally. Identifying teaming experiences as relevant to professional identity development is important for elder workforce development and retention.
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    ABSTRACT: The California Older Person’s Pleasant Events Schedule (COPPES) is a clinical tool comprising 66 items asking clients about their potential pleasure in, and actual experience of, specific pleasant events. To further the clinical usefulness of this instrument, we attempted to develop psychometrically sound scales that would measure broad and distinct categories of pleasant activities. Based on a starting sample of 641 older adults, we constructed five scales for the California Older Person’s Pleasant Events Scale (COPPES): Socializing, Relaxing, Contemplating, Being Effective, and Being Active (Doing). Adequate to excellent internal consistency indexes were found for both the frequency and pleasantness of the COPPES’ global scales and their subscales. To test the validity of these scales, we were able to identify nine coherent profiles of levels of pleasant event activity and enjoyment. Profiles with greater activity scores tended to have lower levels of depression, but the relationship between depression and enjoyment scores was more complex. Our work lends additional support for the use of both behavioral and cognitive interventions with depressed older individuals and for the use of the COPPES in guiding those interventions.
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    ABSTRACT: Caring for a relative with dementia places caregivers at increased risk for psychological distress and adverse physical outcomes. Research on Chinese caregivers, and effective means of support for this group, is limited. This pilot study investigates effectiveness of a home-based psychoeducational skills training culturally tailored to increase coping among Chinese dementia caregivers. Twelve Chinese family caregivers, from Australia and Singapore (11 female) between 41 and 80 years old, completed the 8-week program. Measures of coping and psychological distresswere administered at baseline, mid-point and post-intervention. Caregivers encountered less problem behaviors in care recipients and were less distressed by their disruptive behaviors after completing the program; caregiver anxiety, depression, and worry appraisal remained unchanged. Feedback highlighted the value of culturally customized support.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluates a short-term telephone-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for family caregivers. The study goal was to analyse whether caregivers of the intervention group reported better well-being and health at post treatment than participants of an untreated control group and an attention control group (treated with progressive muscle relaxation [PMR]), and whether these benefits maintained at 6-month follow-up. Participants (n = 229) were assigned to the study groups after baseline assessment. Most were female (82.2%), with a mean age of 62 years. As outcome measurements, the study assessed depressive symptoms, body complaints, emotional well-being, and perceived health. The intervention group showed short-term effects in improving well-being when compared with the PMR and the untreated control groups. Furthermore, in comparison to the untreated controls CBT was effective in decreasing body complaints at post treatment and in improving perceived health at 6-month follow-up. Improvements for CBT in comparison to the PMR group could be shown for depressive symptoms at 6-month follow-up. CBT for family caregivers is applicable via telephone and has shown promising short and long-term effects. A prolongation of the intervention might enhance the effects.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist
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    ABSTRACT: Life satisfaction is an important component of overall well-being. Decline in life satisfaction is related to many adverse health outcomes including mortality. We investigate the association of various psychosocial and health-related factors to life satisfaction in 237 non-demented community-dwelling older adults. Lower levels of depressive symptoms, less perceived stress, higher levels of social support, and better self-perceived general health were significantly associated with higher life satisfaction. Social support buffered the adverse impact of depressive symptoms on life satisfaction where more depressive symptoms were associated with much lower life satisfaction at low levels of social support than at high levels of social support. We discuss study implications, future research directions, and possible interventions that involve boosting social support in at-risk older adults.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Clinical Gerontologist