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Outpatient Group Psychotherapy for the Elderly: An Alternative to Institutionalization
Christina Borowsky Duetsch; Nancy Kramer
Psychiatric Services 1977; doi:
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Baltimore City Hospital Baltimore, Maryland

Gundry Psychiatric Hospital Baltimore, Maryland

American Psychiatric Association

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Two case studies illustrate the positive effects of group psychotherapy for elderly outpatients of a municipal hospital in an industrial community of Baltimore. Most of the outpatients were depressed about physical, mental, or social losses. A total of five brief therapy groups were established. Each group had a maximum of 12 members and met in the hospital for an hour and a half once a week for 12 consecutive weeks. Members could continue in subsequent 12-week sessions if they desired. As a result of their participation in groups, many members became Involved in volunteer or part-time work, renewed contact with family and friends, and were better able to deal with life's stresses.

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