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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 35 (1993) 2

New research

Forever young?

J.A.A.M. van de Sande

This article elucidates the cause of the origin of `gerontophobia' with psychotherapists. Arguments are adduced to ilustrate that psycho-analytic psychotherapy can very well be applied to elderly persons (i.e. over 55 years old). The arguments are derived from the psychoanalytic theory. Besides this article gives a summing up at some specific charasteristics of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy with elderly persons. This is illustrated by a case history.