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Psychodynamic Treatment of the Elderly: A Review of Issues in Theory and Practice

Psychodynamic Treatment of the Elderly: A Review of Issues in Theory and Practice - .. - -. Psychodynamic Treatment of the Elderly: A Review of Issues in Theory and Practice JUNE E. BLUM, PH.D. SUSAN TROSS, PH-D. CORNELL UNWER~ CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEOICAL COLLEGE MBDICAL ~LLEGE P~~PTGRADuATE CENTER FOR PO~TGRADUATB CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH Nsw Yo- NEW You NEW YORK, NEW YORK PSYCH-Y WITH OLDER ADULTS: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Consideration of the older person as a psychotherapeutic patient was viewed negatively by Freud ( 1904, 1898). He identified three contraindications for psychotherapy in the senescent: they were "mental rigidity," an overly vast history by the time of Iater lie, and resignation to future decline. He regarded these as inherent and irreversible features of life. Despite Freud's comments, attempts to extend psychotherapy to the older patient were made by several of his colleagues, as noted in Rechtschaflen's (19591 review. Abraham (1919) was the first to dispute Freud's claims. Whiie he subscribed to the importance of age as a prognostic indicator, he reported that the age of onset rather than the age of the patient was the critical issue. If onset of neurosis was subsequent to puberty, and "normal" sexuality had been attained, then psychoanalysis was feasible. As evi- dence, Abraham cited his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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- .. - -. Psychodynamic Treatment of the Elderly: A Review of Issues in Theory and Practice JUNE E. BLUM, PH.D. SUSAN TROSS, PH-D. CORNELL UNWER~ CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEOICAL COLLEGE MBDICAL ~LLEGE P~~PTGRADuATE CENTER FOR PO~TGRADUATB CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH Nsw Yo- NEW You NEW YORK, NEW YORK PSYCH-Y WITH OLDER ADULTS: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Consideration of the older person as a psychotherapeutic patient was viewed negatively by Freud ( 1904, 1898). He identified three contraindications for psychotherapy in the senescent: they were "mental rigidity," an overly vast history by the time of Iater lie, and resignation to future decline. He regarded these as inherent and irreversible features of life. Despite Freud's comments, attempts to extend psychotherapy to the older patient were made by several of his colleagues, as noted in Rechtschaflen's (19591 review. Abraham (1919) was the first to dispute Freud's claims. Whiie he subscribed to the importance of age as a prognostic indicator, he reported that the age of onset rather than the age of the patient was the critical issue. If onset of neurosis was subsequent to puberty, and "normal" sexuality had been attained, then psychoanalysis was feasible. As evi- dence, Abraham cited his

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1980

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