WE ARE BEING CALLED
to provide quality person-centered care throughout the helping professions. I have sought to advance a person/patient-centered approach in my research, writing, and teaching. In this section of my site I am offering three resources to support you in providing this essential care.
First, my and others’ work on secrets and self-concealment, which you can access here, explores issues of authenticity and the healing human connection so central to person-centered care.
Second, I have always believed in the person-centered principle of empowering others by giving away psychological knowledge and skills for helping and for positively coping with life's difficulties. An earlier edited book of mine. free at goggle books , presents this view and model programs for teaching these skills. In that same spirit I collaborated in creating the Finding Our Way: Living With Dying America newspaper series. This series sought to enhance our collective efficacy in the face of death, dying and grief.
Third, earlier in my career, I developed the Caring Helper video series that was extensively used in hospice training programs. These latter two resources are from a different time, but I am told retain value, so I have made them freely accessible here.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes the call for cultivating and maintaining compassionate, person-centered care even more vital and challenging, but together we can answer the call.
RESEARCH ON SECRETS AND SELF-CONCEALMENT
The study of self-concealment (SC) as a psychological construct began with the 1990 Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology publication by Dale Larson and Robert Chastain in which they introduced the Self-Concealment Scale (SCS). There have now been 180 or more empirical studies using the SCS. In 2015, Larson, Chastain, Hoyt and Ayzenberg reviewed research using the SCS and provided a working model for SC and its effects on well-being.
Larson, D. G., & Chastain, R. L. (1990). Self-concealment: Conceptualization, measurement, and health implications. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 9(4), 439-455.
Larson, D. G., Chastain, R. L., Hoyt, W. T., & Ayzenberg, R. (2015). Self-concealment: Integrative review and working model. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34(8), 705-729.
Research studies using the Self-Concealment Scale (August, 2020)
Wikipedia Self-Concealment Page
Larson, D. G., & Chastain, R. L. (2016). Self-Concealment Scale (SCS). In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York, NY: Springer.
Larson, D., G. (2020). Secrets: Concealment and confiding in helping and healing. In The helper's journey: Empathy, compassion, and the challenge of caring (2nd ed., pp. 109-152). Champaign, IL: Research Press.