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Clinical implications of adult developmental theory.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Psychiatry
0002-953X
Publisher
American Psychiatric Publishing
Publication Date
Volume
144
Issue
10
Pages
1263–1270
Identifiers
PMID: 3310668
Source
Medline

Abstract

Multidisciplinary studies of adulthood have revolutionized thinking about developmental processes during the second half of life. These ideas are just beginning to be integrated with clinical theory and practice. The elaboration of the interface between the rapidly expanding developmental theory of normal adulthood and clinical intervention with older patients is a psychiatric frontier. Illustrating with clinical examples, the authors offer a rationale for using new diagnostic tools, suggest a revision of the theory of transference to include sources beyond childhood, and describe unique transference paradigms in older patients as well as equally phase-specific countertransference responses in their therapists.

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