Life Strengths Interview Guide: Assessing Elder Clients' Strengths

Helen Q. Kivnick, Shirley V. Murray

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While standardization of assessment tools in gerontological social work permits comparability across individuals, and within individuals across time paradoxically, this same standardization eliminates from consideration those individual differences that may have most to do with client outcomes. This manuscript presents a theoretical and practical basis for assessing strengths in frail elder clients, and for utilizing these strengths in designing and implementing individual case plans. Further, we introduce an assessment tool, in the form of a set of specific questions that may be utilized by practitioners in meaningfully gathering information about personal strengths and assets from frail elder clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-32
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 30 2001


  • Assessment
  • Frail elders
  • Life strengths


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