Change and opportunity: A life transition group for women in middle adulthood

Donna Jean Lucas (1988)

A brief, theme-focused life-transition group was designed for this study to help women cope with the changes of middle adulthood in the domains of personal relationships, body, and work and occupation. The group experience combined the identification of individual member issues or concerns with information, experiential exercises and a supportive group environment for the purpose of facilitating shifts in thinking, feeling and behavior. Six women participated in a pre- and post-group interview and eight weekly group sessions. At the end of the group, all members showed what appeared to be changes in thinking, feeling and behavior in one or more of six relational areas (children, partners, parents, self, body, and work and occupation). Results suggest the model can be an effective intervention for helping women cope with change in middle adulthood.