Using cognitive behaviour therapy to explore resilience in the life-stories of 16 UK centenarians.

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Hutnik, N, Smith, P and Koch, T (2016). Using cognitive behaviour therapy to explore resilience in the life-stories of 16 UK centenarians. Nursing Open. 3 (2), pp. 110 - 118.
AuthorsHutnik, N, Smith, P and Koch, T
Abstract

AIM: In 2010, we interviewed 16 UK centenarians about their lives and later published a paper on the socio-emotional aspects of positive ageing. We were struck by their ability to 'move on' from difficult situations which we recognized conceptually as 'resilience'. In the effort to understand aspects of resilience as portrayed in their stories, we re-examined their data. METHODOLOGY: In the original study, we used participatory action research (PAR) for its storytelling and group process components. Here, we re-examine data from the centenarians' life stories using a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) lens. DESIGN: We focused on the notion of resilience in the centenarians' stories guided by CBT insights to analyse and develop psychosocial interpretations. RESULTS: Resilience comprised the ability to frame difficult life events in positive terms, accept what cannot be changed, manage worry and anxiety effectively, develop psychological flexibility in the face of change and continually seek opportunities for growth and development. We suggest that these resilient behaviours may have contributed to positive ageing.

KeywordsCBT; cognitive; resilience
Year2016
JournalNursing Open
Journal citation3 (2), pp. 110 - 118
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/nop2.44
Publication dates
Print23 Feb 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2017
Accepted16 Dec 2015
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License
CC BY 4.0
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